MSHA Reports Eighth Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Feb. 28, a contract miner died when he was crushed between the rib and a single boom face drill. The victim was alongside the drill using the onboard tram lever controls when the accident occurred because the remote control was inoperable. This is the eighth fatality reported in 2022, and…

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A Sword and a Shield: Workplace Examinations Under the New § 56/57.18002

By Willa B. Perlmutter In my last column, I talked about MSHA’s plan to issue a new rule requiring surface mine operators to develop and implement written programs that would improve mobile equipment safety. The comment period closed in February and, at this writing, about a month later, MSHA hasn’t yet tipped its hand as to what, if anything, it…

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MSHA to Hold Public Hearing on Mobile Equipment Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor will reopen the rulemaking record and hold a virtual public hearing on Jan. 11, 2022, on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s proposed rule for Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment to improve safe usage of mobile, powered-haulage equipment. This proposed rule is one of several actions MSHA has taken to reduce fatal and nonfatal…

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Proposed MSHA rule targets mobile equipment

MSHA announced a proposed rule in October requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. The written safety program would include actions mine operators would take to identify hazards and risks to reduce…

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MacLean launches Application Intelligence campaign

MacLean has turned its focus even further to electrification, automation and digitalization, confirming its Application Intelligence technology campaign at the recent MINExpo 2021 event. The push includes updates on the MacLean battery electric product line as well as teleremote technology, telemetry and virtual reality training technology. “We have been doing fit-for-purpose mobile equipment manufacturing for the past 50 years, so…

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Caterpillar puts new electric drive LHD on display in Vegas

MINExpo 2021 attendees got their first look at Caterpillar’s latest sustainable mobile equipment solutions, the R1700 XE LHD and MEC500 Mobile Equipment Charger, at the MINExpo 2021 event in September. The new LHD (Load Caterpillar) has a 16.5-ton payload and features a battery electric design that delivers superior productivity in underground applications with the benefits of no engine heat or…

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MSHA announces proposed rule for safety program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines.

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Caterpillar to unveil new electric-drive LHD at MINExpo

MINExpo 2021 attendees will get a first look at Caterpillar’s latest sustainable mobile equipment solutions: the R1700 XE LHD and MEC500 Mobile Equipment Charger. The new Cat LHD (Load Caterpillar) has a 16.5-ton payload and features a battery electric design that delivers superior productivity in underground applications with the benefits of no engine heat or exhaust emissions. An Autodig function…

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