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Company Fined $1M in Double Fatality at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration imposed a roughly $1 million fine following an investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine in Colorado on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

Coal States’ Senators File Black Lung Benefits Bill

Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania unveiled legislation last week aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims. The bill by the two Democratic senators from …

How Robots, Drones Are Transforming Mining and Mine Safety

Mines without miners? Not quite. Still, a technology boom in robots, drones, driverless trucks and pilotless trains is beginning to reshape one of the world’s most labor-intensive industries, portending automation of logistics, supply chains and mapping and allowing development of …

Nevada Gold Mine Criticized for 61 Workplace Safety Violations

An assistant U.S. secretary of labor is criticizing a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued 61 citations and orders for health and safety violations at Elko County’s Jerritt Canyon mine. A new inspection …

University of Arizona Grant To Study Mine Risk Management

The University of Arizona will conduct two research studies on ways to improve mine safety using $1.3 million in grants from a mine safety foundation. The two grants announced Monday will pay for a risk management study by the university’s …

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 …

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 …

Claim That Quake Caused Utah Mine Disaster Rejected

A University of Utah study had rejected a company’s claims concerning the cause of a 2007 collapse at Utah’s Crandall Canyon coal mine that killed nine people. The scientists presented findings of their research last week at the Seismological Society …

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 …

Kentucky Miner Who Reported Safety Violations Faces Discipline

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing is asking that an eastern Kentucky miner who reported safety violations be put on probation because he worked in unsafe conditions. Mackie Bailey faces a hearing in February with the state Mine Safety …