Mine Safety and Health Administration News

Defense Rests in West Virginia Mine Blast Trial, Blankenship Stays Mum

Former Massey Energy Chief Donald Blankenship won’t take the witness stand to explain what happened when a company mine exploded in 2010 killing 29 workers, choosing instead to leave his fate in the hands of jurors at his criminal trial …

Massey Mines Alerted Workers When Safety Inspectors on Site: Testimony

Massey Energy executives used an advanced warning system at the company’s Upper Big Branch mine to alert workers as soon as federal inspectors arrived on site, a former miner testified Thursday at the criminal trial for ex-chief executive Donald Blankenship. …

More Inspections, Fewer Mines Result in Lowest Number of Miner Deaths

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials …

Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Faces Criminal Charges Over 2010 Mine Explosion

The former Massey Energy chief, scorned by regulators and a U.S. senator, may face three decades in prison if convicted of charges stemming from a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers, the worst U.S. coal industry accident in …

Hydraulic Leak Contributed To Wyoming Coal Mine Death

A hydraulic leak and the failure to use a safety block contributed to the crushing death of a contractor at a Wyoming coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration investigated the June 6 death of 25-year-old Joshua L. Wishard …

Judge Says Inspectors Must Have Full Access to North Dakota Mine

A North Dakota company must allow federal inspectors unfettered access to a sand and gravel mine that is the subject of workplace safety complaints, a federal judge ordered Aug. 6. The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in July …

West Virginia Mine Disciplines Managers After Black Lung Risk Exposed

Rhino Eastern LLC changed management at its Eagle Mine 3 after inspectors warned that coal miners faced the risk of deadly explosions and developing black lung disease. The company acknowledged falling short of safety standards. Rhino Eastern also took other …

Coal Companies Challenge Black Lung Mining Regulation

More than a dozen coal companies, including a unit of Patriot Coal Corp., challenged a new federal mine-safety regulation aimed at reducing black lung disease, with some arguing the objectives are unattainable. The companies today asked for a review of …

Mining Industry Vows to Fight Obama Administration Coal Dust Rule

The Obama administration ordered a 25 percent cut in the levels of coal dust in U.S. mines to reduce deadly black lung disease, a move that drew criticism from the mining industry and the threat of a lawsuit. The rule …

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 …