MSHA News

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 …

Feds Blame Management for Nevada Mine Fatality

Inadequate safety policies and procedures were primarily to blame for a mining accident that killed a 26-year-old Idaho man operating a 20-ton mobile drill in an underground tunnel at a Nevada gold mine last summer, federal safety investigators have concluded. …

New Coal Dust Rules Aimed at Reducing Black Lung Disease Take Effect Next Year

Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease. Beginning Feb. 1, …

MSHA Announces $1M in Mine Safety Grant Awards in 5 States

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded $1 million through its Brookwood-Sago grants program to seven organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The funding will develop and implement training and related materials …

Mining Deaths Down in 2015

Federal mine safety officials say mining deaths are down in the U.S., with 18 miners losing their lives in accidents during the first six months of the year. The Mine Safety and Health Administration reported Wednesday that number represents a …

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 …

2014 U.S. Coal Mining Deaths at Lowest Level Ever Recorded

The nation’s coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a news release Monday noting two fewer deaths than the previous …

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 …

West Virginia Mine Company Cited in Deadly Accident

Federal mining officials are citing West Virginia’s Patriot Coal for serious violations during a severe coal burst that killed two miners in May. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued three citations Tuesday for the Boone County mine accident. …

MSHA Issued 131 Citations During August Mine Inspections

Federal inspectors issued more than 100 citations during inspections at U.S. mine operations in August. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that the inspections of a dozen coal mines also resulted in 131 citations and 11 orders. …