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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 …

West Virginia Students Tend to Miners in Fake Accident

Students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine tried to save their patients, but no matter what they could have done, there was no hope. That might be because their patients were never alive to begin with. The students …

Virginia Mine Safety Video Being Developed

The Virginia department that oversees mining is developing a training video to ensure workers are prepared for an underground emergency. The $50,000 for the training video was awarded to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy by the federal …

Black Lung Rules Delayed by U.S. Regulators

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 …

MSHA Says 2012 Safest Year on Record in U.S. Mines

Federal mining regulators say 2012 had the lowest injury and fatality rates on record. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number of U.S. mines fell by about 120 last year, but the number of miners working was actually …

MSHA to Publish Pattern of Violations Final Rule

Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a final rule to strengthen safety in the nation’s most dangerous mines. Solis said that the rule, which revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations regulation, seeks to ensure …