MSHA News

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 …

New Federal Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Mining …

Mining Deaths on Rise, 22 in First Half of 2014

Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration on …

MSHA Issues 186 Mining Citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June. Eleven of those mines were coal operations, while the others were metal and nonmetal. MSHA cited as examples Thursday coal mines in …

MSHA, Widows Agree to Settle Mine Fire Suit for $1M

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents. Under …

Leading Cause of Coal Mining Injuries are Roof Falls

Although improvements in roof control technology have led to a significant decrease in accidents related to roof and rib (wall) falls, such accidents are still a leading cause of injuries in underground coal mines, according to the U.S. Department of …

Accidents Killed 8 Miners Between January and March 2014

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting that eight miners died in mine accidents in the first three months of 2014, three in coal mining accidents and the rest in metal and other mines. Joseph Main, the assistant …

Missouri Mine Accident Leaves 2 Workers Dead

Two workers fell to their deaths on April 11 inside a southeast Missouri mine that has been the site of two other fatal accidents since 2000. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday at a lime mine operated by the …

Agency Says Mine Injuries Underreported

The Mine Safety and Health Administration should improve its data on mine operators’ underreporting of work-related injuries and illnesses so that it can better target enforcement to address the problem, a federal audit said. MSHA has taken steps to detect …

Nearly 200 Citations Issued During MSHA January Mine Inspections

Federal impact inspections at U.S. mines in January resulted in 198 citations and 11 orders. The Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 11 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, New …