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Miners Need More Engineers to Meet New Tailings Dam Safety Standard

JOHANNESBURG/TORONTO — Mining companies need more skilled engineers if they are to meet strict new global safety standards for tailings dams aimed at preventing catastrophic failures like those in recent years that have killed hundreds of people and inundated nearby …

World’s Mine Workers Resist Quick Restart Amid Coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG/LIMA — As mining heavyweights South Africa and Peru move to lift coronavirus lockdowns, workers in deep mines are resisting going back to work without adequate protective gear and information about cases at sites, with one major union filing legal …

UK Coal to Pay $1.85M for Miners’ Deaths

A British judge has ordered UK Coal to pay 1.2 million pounds ($1.85 million) following the deaths of four miners in separate incidents. Britain’s largest mining company admitted health and safety offenses in relation to the deaths of three men …

MSHA to Publish Rule on Proximity Detectors

Federal regulators are publishing a proposed rule this week that would require U.S. underground mines to install equipment which automatically shuts down mobile machinery when people get too close. The Mine Safety and Health Administration plans to publish the rule …

4 Miners Dead in Cave-In at North Mexico Coal Mine

Four miners have been killed in an explosion that caved in part of a coal mine in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila. The Minerales de Monclova company says Friday’s accident at its La Esmeralda mine was caused by …

Rescuers Rush to Reach 42 Trapped in Chinese Mines

A buildup of volatile gas hampered rescue efforts in one Chinese coal mine and water continued to pour into another as emergency crews raced to reach 42 miners and others trapped Sunday for a second day, officials and state media …

Ex-West Virginia Miners Sentenced for Falsifying Documents

Three former West Virginia coal miners have been sentenced this week for lying about their credentials to perform pre-shift safety inspections underground. In Huntington, U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers sentenced 31-year-old Neil Hasen of Alkol to three years of probation …

West Virginia Widows Appeal Dismissal of Lawsuit

The widows of two men killed in a coal mine fire are appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Delorice Bragg and Freda Hatfield asked the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to …