MSHA News

Union, Feds at Odds on How to Counter Surge in Coal Mine Deaths

Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents. But the nation’s coal miner’s union says the …

MSHA: No Mine Gets Pattern of Violations Notice for 3rd Year in a Row

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that – for the third consecutive year – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern of Violations notice. The screening period …

Massey CEO Who Served Jail Time Asks Trump to Resist Punishing Coal Execs

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine safety and health standards. Blankenship, who recently was freed from federal prison, also asked …

U.S. Mining Deaths Drop to New Low in 2016

A reported 25 miners died in work-related accidents at U.S. mines in 2016 – down from 29 in 2015 – according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The figure represents the …

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 wasn’t wearing an emergency shut-off device, and that his managers had not provided a way to securely attach it. Managers at Webster …

Agency Reports Safest Mining Year in History

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released data that indicates Fiscal Year 2016 was the safest year in mining history. From Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, a record low 24 deaths occurred at the …

MSHA Reports No Mines Eligible for a Pattern of Violations Notice

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced last month that – for the first time since reforms began in 2010 – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern …

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, …