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2017 Mining Deaths Linked to Experience Level

According to the most recent Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) quarterly call, there were 15 coal-related fatalities and 13 metal/non-metal mining deaths in 2017. One factor stood out among coal deaths, said Marcus Smith, of MSHA’s coal mine accident …

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, …

Pennsylvania Coal Mine Fined $110K for ‘Rogue’ Worker Error

Officials with a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine say a $110,000 federal workplace safety fine for an electrical hazard is the fault of a “rogue” employee. Rox Coal of Friedens received the fine, which was reduced from the original amount of …

MSHA: West Virginia Mine’s Ventilation Plans Were a Hazard

Federal regulators issued 196 citations during February impact inspections at 14 U.S. mines, including a southern West Virginia coal mine that was targeted for its ventilation plans. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that it wrote 16 violations …

Utah Tries to Put Out 70-year-old Underground Fire

Utah officials are making a new push to extinguish an underground fire that has been burning in an old coal mine since 1941. Louis Amodt of the Utah Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project is overseeing the attempt to put out the …

New Zealand Coal Mine Boss Acknowledges Problems

The boss of a New Zealand coal mine where 29 people died in an explosion last year has acknowledged the mine faced difficulties with finances, personnel and safety. In testimony this week at a formal inquiry into the methane-fueled disaster, …

12 Trapped in China Coal Mine Flood

An official says a flood in a coal mine in southwestern China has trapped a dozen miners underground. A staffer from the Guizhou provincial coal mine safety bureau confirmed that there had been a flood on Sunday morning at the …