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Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert to Prevent Fall Accidents

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on preventing accidents at mines from miners falling. MSHA said that in the past decade, 29 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines when they fell from the area where they worked, such as on heavy equipment, ladders, and conveyor walkways.  To read … Continue Reading

New Structural Failure Alert Issued

The MSHA Alliance Program recently issued a new safety alert, Structural Failure Alert: Best Practices to Prevent Structural Failures. The MSHA Alliance Program is a voluntary partnership program that allows MSHA to collaborate with industry groups to provide training and education, outreach and technical assistance to mine operators and miners on improving mine safety and … Continue Reading

MSHA Issues Safety Alert for Drill Operators

On August 10, 2016, MSHA issued a drill safety alert for operators regarding the dangers posed by rotating machinery that can entangle clothing and body parts and result in serious injuries and death. The safety alert was spurred by seven fatalities since 2002 involving drills and the risk of entanglement in rotating machinery. In press coverage … Continue Reading

After deaths, MSHA issues pipe safety hazard alert

Earlier this month, the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued an alert about the dangers of handling large plastic pipes after a fatal accident in February. In an accompanying letter to M/NM operators, MSHA said that six people have died from falling pipes at mines since 2008. The large PVC pipes are extremely heavy and can move … Continue Reading

Your image with MSHA matters.  Here’s how to improve it.

There is no doubt that MSHA’s opinions about each mine operator can impact enforcement actions. An operator with a strong safety program; an honest, professional, and respectful approach to interacting with MSHA inspectors; excellent training; and employee awareness of both MSHA regulations and the mine’s own safety and approved plans will not only be on … Continue Reading

MSHA warns of dangers and greater enforcement on lock-out/tag-out

MSHA put mine operators on notice in recent weeks that it is concerned about the hazards of improper lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) practices across the industry. In a recent letter to metal and nonmetal mine operators published by Rock Products magazine, MSHA M/NM Administrator Neil Merrifield promised that in coming months, “MSHA will stress the importance of … Continue Reading
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