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MSHA issues 87 citations at six metal/nonmetal mines during July impact inspections

Aug 27, 2015

MSHA issues 87 citations at six metal/nonmetal mines during July impact inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration doled out 87 citations and four orders at six metal and nonmetal mines during its July monthly inspections. According to MSHA, one serious infraction came at Ulrich Gravel in Valley County, Nebraska, where inspectors found ...

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Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

Aug 12, 2015

Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

For those operators responsible for tracking their site’s regulatory requirements and recordkeeping, be forewarned: you may be about to get a significant increase in workload. During a July 22 stakeholder call, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a ...

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ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

Aug 09, 2015

ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently deleted a flagrant designation brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) against Oak Grove Resources, LLC. MSHA issued the violation for an alleged § 75.400 violation for impermissible coal accumulations along a ...

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MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

Jul 27, 2015

MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

During its July 23 quarterly training call, representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reviewed fatalities and serious accidents in both the coal and metal/non-metal sectors. In the metal/non-metal sector, three accidents took place in sand and gravel ...

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MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

Jul 26, 2015

MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a new Part 50 Training Program during a quarterly training call on July 23. Developed by the agency’s Education, Policy and Development staff, it is a new tool to aid operators and ...

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MSHA issued 176 citations during May impact inspections

Jun 30, 2015

MSHA issued 176 citations during May impact inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it issued 176 citations during its May monthly impact inspections, with metal/non-metal mines receiving 73 citations. MSHA visited 10 coal mines and seven metal/nonmetal mines in Alabama, California, Kentucky, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, ...

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MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

May 06, 2015

MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a metal/non-metal near-miss accident alert in response to a highwall collapse that trapped a miner in the cab of an excavator. A large chalk ball/bolder struck the operator’s cab, trapping the miner ...

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MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

May 01, 2015

MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

During a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 25, 2015, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) unveiled a new online web tool to provide information on a mine site’s compliance with the ‘Rules to Live By’ standards.  ‘Rules to Live By’ ...

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Product of the Week: BenchRemote blast hole drilling

May 01, 2015

Product of the Week: BenchRemote blast hole drilling

Atlas Copco’s BenchRemote remote operator station allows drillers to operate more than 100 yards from the drill, which can be more than 30 yards below them, as long as they maintain line-of-sight radio communications. The increased distance from highwalls and ...

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MSHA issues citations to seven metal/non-metal mines during impact inspections in March

Apr 30, 2015

MSHA issues citations to seven metal/non-metal mines during impact inspections in March

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 188 citations and two orders as a result of special impact inspections conducted at 13 coal mines and seven metal/non-metal mines in March. Monthly inspections involve mines that ...

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U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections schedules hearing, “Protecting America’s Workers: An Enforcement Update from the Mine Safety and Health Administration

Apr 20, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections schedules hearing, “Protecting America’s Workers: An Enforcement Update from the Mine Safety and Health Administration

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, a segment of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education & the Workforce Committee, will hold a special hearing on Thursday, April 23, at 9a.m. in room 2175 Rayburn H.O.B. The hearing, titled “Protecting America’s Workers: ...

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MSHA releases preliminary mine safety data for 2014, updates Mine Safety and Health at a Glance web page

Apr 17, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released preliminary mine safety data for 2014, and has updated its Mine Safety and Health at a Glance web page, which includes charts with information on inspections, violations, number of mines and ...

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