Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration News

Inspector General Urges Mine Safety Agency to Tighten Silica Dust Rules for Miners

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Labor is urging the government’s mine safety agency to tighten restrictions on a dangerous substance that is inhaled by coal miners. A report from the inspector general’s office said the Mine Safety …

Investigation: Worker Killed in Iowa Mine Sought Crystals, Despite Warning

A federal investigation has concluded a worker wasn’t following safety protocols when he was killed last year in a limestone mine collapse in Iowa’s Scott County. The Quad-City Times reports a Mine Safety and Health Administration investigation concluded that 52-year-old …

Trump Nominee for Mine Safety Post Is Retired Coal Executive

The retired coal company executive from West Virginia chosen by Republican President Trump to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine plagued by safety …

Report: Eastern Kentucky Sees Spike in Severe Black-Lung Cases

A spike in serious black-lung cases in eastern Kentucky indicates that a disease lawmakers hoped to eradicate decades ago continues to afflict miners. Citing a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report released Dec. 15, the Lexington Herald-Leader says …