U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration News

West Virginia Miner Who Survived 2006 Sago Blast Dies on Job

A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one of the 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that authorities identified the miner found dead Friday as …

Fatalities Rising as Coal Mine Production Increases

Ray Hatfield Jr. was six months into his latest coal job when he was crushed to death in a Kentucky mine. Hatfield, a 23-year industry veteran, was cleaning a conveyor belt that shuttled coal to the surface of the Appalachian …

Safety Lapses Blamed for Death of Kentucky Coal Miner

Federal regulators say an accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt didn’t have adequate safety guards. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said in its report that 43-year-old …

Investigators Conclude Crushed Kentucky Miner Not Wearing Safety Device

Federal investigators have concluded that a worker crushed to death by a machine at a Kentucky coal mine earlier this year wasn’t wearing an emergency shut-off device, and that his managers had not provided a way to securely attach it. …

Exiting U.S. Mine Safety Chief Hopeful Safety Progress Will Continue

The nation’s coal mines are headed for another record low year in workplace deaths, and the outgoing federal mine safety chief said he’s hopeful that mining companies will work with the incoming Trump administration to continue that progress. Joe Main …

U.S. Mine Safety Rule to Curb Black Lung Goes Into Effect

Underground coal mines will ramp up testing for the dust that causes breathing problems and leads to black lung disease under a new federal rule that took effect February 1. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring coal …

Trial Update: Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship Downplayed Black-Lung Threat to Miners

Ex-Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship downplayed the threat that miners develop black-lung disease in shafts choked with coal dust, jurors in the executive’s criminal trial heard in a recorded phone call. Blankenship, a vocal opponent of government regulations, …

Mine Safety Agency Settles with 2 West Virginia Miners’ Widows

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents. Under …

Kentucky Coal Mines in Arrears on Safety Fines: Report

A published report says Kentucky coal operators owe more in delinquent fines to federal authorities for mine safety violations than any other state. The Courier-Journal said the finding is from an analysis it did of records from the federal Mine …

Agency Blames Lack Of Control For Alaska Mine Accident

A federal agency blames inadequate management policies, procedures and controls for a fatal accident at an Alaska mine last year. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday released its report on the September accident at the Kensington gold …