MSHA Update: June Impact Inspection Results and More

Mining

The summer is often a slow time for industry updates. Not so for the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) this year. From the results of their June impact inspections and the legacy of the Upper Big Branch explosion, to the discussions around a new proposed rule and their upcoming 40th anniversary, MSHA’s been keeping busy. Here are the highlights.

The Results Are In: June Impact Inspections

MSHA announced this week that it issued 114 citations during the month of June, as part of a series of special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines.

Impact inspections are specifically designed to target mines with a poor compliance history or compliance concerns. These types of inspections began back in April of 2010 following an overhaul of regulations designed to more closely examine mines with chronic violation records.

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New MSHA Mine Safety Rule, Nurses Tackle Workplace Violence and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • $2.19 Million Federal Grant Goes to Pennsylvania for Pipeline Safety
  • MSHA Proposes New Mine Safety Rule
  • Explosion at Alberta Oilsands Processing Site
  • Nurses fight back against workplace violence and bullying

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • MSHA Proposed Proximity Detection Rule. Click here
  • 2015 State Base Pipeline Safety Grant Program.Click here
  • Nurses fight back against workplace violence and bullying. Click here

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Intelex Friday Safety Fact – Mining Safety

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Safety Groups Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Obama Administration Unveils Clean Power Plan
  • Safety Advocates Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • GreenBiz Webinar, “The Road to Paris: The Role of Business at COP21. Click here
  • Blog Post, “5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan. Click here.
  • Obama Administration Looks to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants. Click here
  • Safety Advocates Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts. Click here

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MSHA: What’s the Real Impact of Fines on Mine Safety?

Millions in unpaid MSHA penalties lead to questions about the effectiveness of fines.

Late in 2014, MSHA made headlines when an investigation revealed that nearly $70 million in health and safety penalties had yet to be paid by mining company owners. The joint investigation by news agency NPR and Mine Safety and Health News found that most of these unpaid penalties were between two and 10 years overdue.

In response to the pressure that followed this report, a federal investigation was launched that will focus on the penalty assessment and collection process at MSHA. More recently, a similar report by SNL Energy showed that U.S. coal producers owed more than $62 million in unpaid health and safety violations fines. Again, most of these citations were at least two years old. So why has MSHA not collected this money?

Typically, the process goes like this: MSHA issues a fine. Once the … Read more...

Intelex Friday Safety Fact – MSHA Citations

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NIOSH Conference, OSHA Update, MSHA Mine Safety Data and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA Plans to Update Eye and Face Protection
  • NIOSH Co-Hosting Occupational Stress and Health Conference
  • MSHA Releases 2014 Preliminary Mine Safety Data
  • California Launches Return-to_Work Supplement Program

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Plan. Click here
  • NIOSH Stress and Health Conference . Click here.
  • MSHA Mine Safety Data. Click here
  • California Return-to-Work Program. Click here

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U.S. Mine Fatality Trends Prompt 2015 Updates to Outreach and Enforcement

In 2014, the U.S. coal mining industry reported the lowest number of coal mining deaths in recorded history; this follows a steady decline in coal fatalities over recent years. Yet the overall fatality count for the U.S. mining industry in 2014 was just the fourth-lowest annual total on record.

The explanation? A spike in fatalities in the metal/nonmetal (MNM) mining sector. This sector reported their own record low fatality numbers back in 2011 and 2012, with 16 deaths each year. However, MNM fatalities rose to over 20 in 2013, and reported another increase in 2014 with a total of 25 deaths in the sector.

“Unacceptable” according to MSHA chief Joe Main, who has announced an increased focus in 2015 on combating fatal incidents, serious injuries and their root causes, particularly in light of the increasing fatality numbers in the metal and nonmetal mining sector.

Increasing Enforcement Efforts

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MSHA Raises the Alarm Regarding Mining Contractor Safety

There have already been four metal/nonmetal mine fatalities this year in the United States. Two of these (50%) were contractor fatalities, leading MSHA to release a safety alert that provides best practices to ensure the safety of contract miners. Hopefully there are lessons that can be learned from these tragedies that will help the industry improve its record on contractor safety and prevent future incidents in the coming year.

Contractor Fatalities and Safety Concerns

On January 8, 2015, a sales manager with 11 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine when he was installing new screen panels on a screen deck; the feeder box pivoted and he was pinned between the box and the rear support beam of the screen deck. Just three days later, on January 11, 2015, a contract shaft miner with 35 years of experience was killed at an underground gold … Read more...

OSHA PEL Chemical Hazard Initiative, NTSB Drowsy Driving Forum, China’s Illegal Mining and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA to address PELs in latest chemical hazard initiative
  • U.S. Labor Department Partners with the FCC & major carrier to prevent cell tower fatalities
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hosts drowsy driving forum
  • China’s illegal mining problem presents big EHS concerns
  • MSHA: Coal dust samples show mines are complying with rule

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • OSHA: Preventing occupational illnesses through safer chemical management. Read it here.
  • OSHA’s recommended best practices for the Communication Towers
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