MSHA News

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 …

42 U.S. Miners Died on the Job in 2013

Forty-two miners in the United States died on the job in 2013, up from 36 the year before. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released the preliminary data on Monday. It said while the first three …

MSHA Issued 290 Citations During Mine Inspections

Federal mining regulators issued more than 290 citations during October and November impact inspections. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 21 orders following inspections at 18 coal mines and three other mines. MSHA issued 36 …

Proximity Detectors Absent in Most West Virginia Mines

Four percent of underground equipment in West Virginia coal mines are fitted with detectors that automatically shut down mobile machinery when people get too close, according to a state survey. The Charleston Gazette reported the state Office of Miners’ Health, …

MSHA Warns of Winter Mine Safety Hazards

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is warning mine operators about the increased safety risks brought on by winter weather. Statistics show that deadly mine explosions historically occur more often during October through March than during warmer periods. According to …

MSHA Concerned About 3 U.S. Mining Deaths in 3 Days

Federal regulators are urging U.S. coal companies to refocus on health and safety regulations after three fatalities in three days. The deaths in occurred last week amid the ongoing government shutdown. In West Virginia, a miner was struck in the …

West Virginia Board Rejects Proximity Detector Regulation

Over the objections of a coal miner’s widow and representatives from the United Mine Workers of America, West Virginia’s mine safety board has rejected a regulation that could help prevent crushing injuries and deaths underground. The West Virginia Coal Association …

More Than Half of Federal Mine Inspectors Off the Job Due to Shutdown

Fewer than half of the inspectors with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are working during the continuing federal government shutdown, and they’re focused mainly on mines the agency already knows have a history of hazards. MSHA’s shutdown plan …