MSHA Launches Training Assistance Program for Miners

Data recently compiled between October 2015 and March 2017 by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shows that less experienced miners – both at a mine and at a specific occupation – suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experienced miners. Over this 18-month period, miners with one year or less of experience at a […]

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MSHA Extends Effective Date on Examinations of Working Places

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is extending the effective date of the agency’s final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines until Oct. 2, 2017. This extension will allow additional time for MSHA to provide training and compliance assistance for its stakeholders. MSHA is developing a variety […]

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MSHA Proposes Delay in Rule on Examinations of Working Places

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a delay in the effective date of the final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines from May 23, 2017, to July 24, 2017. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to delay the effective date to assure that mine operators and […]

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OSHA Honors Inventors in Noise Abatement Contest

Three inventors were recognized for their ideas to reduce work-related hearing loss during the first “Hear and Now — Noise Safety Challenge” hosted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on Oct. 27, in Washington, […]

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OSHA Wants to Hear from You

The Department of Labor (DOL) is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), have launched the “Hear […]

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MSHA Respirable Coal Mine Dust Target Largely Being Met, Sampling Finds

A federal rule to protect the nation’s miners from exposure to dangerous levels of coal mine dust is having a significantly positive impact in Phase II, a recent sampling by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shows. MSHA announced July 18 that approximately 99 percent of the respirable coal mine dust samples […]

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2015 Safest Year in Mining History, MSHA Says

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released preliminary data for calendar year 2015, updating the “Mine Safety and Health at a Glance” page. The charts include information on inspections, violations and number of mines and miners. They also show fatality and injury rates for coal, metal and nonmetal and all mining. The data […]

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Former Massey CEO Sentenced to Prison for Mine Safety Violation

Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws, becoming the first American executive to be imprisoned for breaking the nation’s safety laws. The sentence, meted out by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger, includes a $250,000 fine and comes six […]

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Obama’s Budget Seeks More Agents for More Investigations

No doubt dead on arrival in the Republican House, the Obama budget request nonetheless includes healthy increases for hiring Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) investigators. The Feb. 9 budget request envisions an 8 percent increase for OSHA, for a total budget of $595 million for Fiscal Year […]

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Mining Deaths in 2015 Reach Record Low

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate that 28 miners died in 2015 in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines, down from 45 in 2014. The figure represents the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded and the first year that mining deaths dropped below 30. Eleven […]

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