Mine Safety and Health Administration News

Colorado Mine Where 2 Died Cited by Feds

Federal mine inspectors have found 97 violations at a Colorado mine where two miners died of carbon-monoxide poisoning last month. The Durango Herald reported that Mine Safety and Health Administration officials found the violations at the Ouray County mine during …

Most West Virginia Mines Lack Automatic Shutdown Systems on Machinery: Report

Four percent of underground equipment in West Virginia coal mines are fitted with detectors that automatically shut down mobile machinery when people get too close, according to a state survey. The Charleston Gazette reported the state Office of Miners’ Health, …

Officials Concerned Over 3 Miner Deaths in 3 Days

Federal regulators are urging U.S. coal companies to refocus on health and safety regulations after three fatalities in three days. The deaths in occurred last week amid the ongoing government shutdown. In West Virginia, a miner was struck in the …

Half of Mine Inspectors Furloughed Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Fewer than half of the inspectors with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are working during the continuing federal government shutdown, and they’re focused mainly on mines the agency already knows have a history of hazards. MSHA’s shutdown plan …

West Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to False Mine Safety Reporting

A southern West Virginia mine foreman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to falsifying safety reports at four mining operations. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield pleaded guilty Monday to providing a false statement, …

Black Lung Rules Delayed Until September

Action on key federal mine safety and health rules are is lagging, including a rule aimed at lowering exposure to coal dust that causes deadly black lung disease. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was expected to issue the …

Congressmen Renew Push for Tougher Federal Mine Safety Laws

With five coal mining fatalities in West Virginia so far this year, Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall is renewing his push for tougher federal laws. He and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., are co-sponsoring a new version of legislation that’s languished …

Research Panel Recommends Steps to Help Mine Workers Escape in Emergencies

Federal regulators and safety officials should consider requiring more backup air supplies and work to develop better breathing devices that would help the nation’s coal miners escape underground emergencies, a panel of experts said in a new report. The report …

West Virginia Coal Mines Shut Down to Review Safety Following Deaths

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday asked coal companies to halt production for an hour to review safety procedures following the state’s fourth mining fatality in two weeks and the sixth since November. Tomblin signed an executive order …

U.S. Issues Mine Safety Rule on Patterns of Violations

Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a final rule to strengthen safety in the nation’s most dangerous mines. Solis said that the rule, which revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations regulation, seeks to ensure …