Mine Safety and Health Administration News

Bodies of Mississippi Workers Recovered From Gravel Pit

Rescuers have recovered the body of a second man who disappeared in a landslide at a gravel pit in southern Mississippi earlier this month. The second body was found around 9:50 p.m. Friday and removed Saturday morning, said Mississippi Emergency …

Search Ongoing For 2 Mississippi Workers Trapped In Gravel Pit Landslide

A search for two workers who went missing after a landslide at a gravel pit in southern Mississippi is underway, according to a spokeswoman for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Amy Louviere said Monday the search for two workers …

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 …