Two recent decisions by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission have affirmed the legal rights of miners to be protected against discrimination in the workplace, according to MSHA head Joseph Main.
Rib failure fatalities exceed roof fall deaths for 2nd consecutive year
July 3, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will again focus its annual mine roof control program on efforts to improve mine rib control during the 2012 Preventive Roof Rib Outreach Program, known as PROP. For the second consecutive year, in 2011, fatal rib roll accidents in underground coal mines outnumbered more typical fatal roof fall accidents.
Struck-by accidents in the mining industry have increased sharply, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which issued a Safety Alert last week in an attempt to reduce that type of accident.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has filed a complaint with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission against Ferraiolo Construction Inc. to reinstate a worker to his former position and provide compensation for wages lost as a result of his being unlawfully fired.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has ordered mine operators to immediately begin phasing out the use of SR-100 self-contained self-rescuers manufactured by Pittsburgh, Pa.-based CSE Corp.
Company kept mum about coal "outburst" prior to collapse
March 12, 2012
The owner of a Utah coal mine has been charged with criminal violations of mandatory health and safety standards under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, following a mine collapse that killed six miners and three rescuers.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced that Hepburnia Coal Co. Inc. has agreed to provide special training to its employees on the rights provided to miners under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as well as pay a civil penalty of $3,750 to settle charges of unlawful discrimination against one employee.