mine safety News

Blankenship Gets Year in Prison Over Mine Safety Conspiracy

Six years after 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal dust explosion, the man who ran the mining company like a fiefdom – a coal baron and power broker who earned millions of dollars a year – will …

New Federal Coal Mine Dust Rules Now in 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 taking effect Monday. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring coal operators to …

Regulator Says Mine Safety Improved in Past 5 Years

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main told members at the annual convention of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association in Baltimore today that mining industry improvements in the past five years have laid …

MSHA Launches New Mine Fire Prevention Course

Federal mine safety regulators have launched a training course aimed at preventing fires at underground and non-metal mines. The training course is offered at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy in Beaver. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration …

Rock Collapse Kills Kentucky Miner

The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety is investigating an accident that left one person dead. The Bell County coroner told WYMT-TV that 31-year-old Justin Mize of Harrogate, Tennessee, died after getting caught in a rock collapse at a high-wall mine …

Virginia Agency Receives $269K in Mine Safety Funding

Virginia is receiving nearly $269,000 in health and safety training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The funding is part of $8.3 million in grants for 47 states and the Navajo Nation in fiscal …

Kentucky Mine Safety Agency Cuts Staff

A budget cut in the state office that inspects the safety of mining sites is forcing a reduction in its staff. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the staff of 141 full-time positions at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing will …

History of Safety Problems at West Virginia Mine

Two miners killed inside a coal mine worked for a company that had so many safety problems federal officials deemed it a “pattern violator,” a rare designation reserved for the industry’s worst offenders. Brody Mine No. 1 was one of …

West Virgina Mine Safety Board Balks at Mandating Proximity Detectors

Members of a West Virginia board have decided to gather more industry and labor proposals on so-called proximity detectors before they require mine operators to install the equipment. The Thursday meeting of the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety …

Miners Injured at Lucky Friday Mine Sue Hecla

The operator of a 71-year-old northern Idaho silver mine that was beset by fatal and injury accidents two years ago has been hit by another lawsuit, this time filed by four miners who say managers dispatched them deep underground into …