June 21, 2024

US Department of Labor announces $10.5M funding availability to support mine safety, health training, education

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration is making $10.5 million in grant funding available to help provide mine safety training for the nation’s miners.

May 28, 2024

Department of Labor completed impact inspections in April 2024 at 15 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 11 states in April 2024, issuing 247 violations and two safeguards. An inspector issued safeguards due to site-specific standards at underground coal mines to address safety hazards related to transportation of miners and materials in haulage ways. 

May 15, 2024

Department of Labor to hold 2nd annual ‘Stand Down to Save Lives’ to promote miner safety, health at nation’s mines on May 22

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold its second annual ‘Stand Down to Save Lives’ on May 22, as part of a national campaign to encourage the nation’s mining community to take steps to prevent fatalities and injuries. 

April 30, 2024

Department of Labor announces findings of March 2024 impact inspections completed at 14 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 14 mines in 11 states in March 2024, issuing 199 violations and one safeguard.

The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion killed 29 miners in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

April 19, 2024

Mine manager pleads guilty to second-degree manslaughter for recklessly operating crane that killed Grafton mine mechanic

TROY, NY – An upstate New York court accepted a mine manager’s guilty plea today to manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony. Anthony Valente, a mine manager at a Grafton limestone quarry, admitted to causing Darren Miller’s death in October 2022 by recklessly disregarding and overriding safety features of a crane Valente was operating, which resulted in a piece of the crane striking Miller, a 35-year-old mechanic, and causing his death. The manager agreed to serve a six-month jail sentence and five years of probation.

April 16, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo publica una norma definitiva que reduce la exposición al polvo de sílice y protege mejor la salud de los mineros frente a enfermedades laborales irreversibles

WASHINGTON: El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. ha anunciado hoy que su Administración de Seguridad y Salud Minera (Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA) ha publicado una norma definitiva para proteger mejor a los mineros del país de los peligros para la salud asociados a la exposición a la sílice cristalina respirable, también conocida como polvo de sílice o polvo de cuarzo. 

April 16, 2024

Department of Labor issues final rule reducing silica dust exposure, better protecting miners’ health from irreversible workplace illnesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule to better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica, also known as silica dust or quartz dust.  

March 25, 2024

Department of Labor announces findings of February 2024 impact inspections completed at 13 mines with histories of repeated safety, health violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 13 mines in nine states in February 2024, identifying 207 violations.

The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners. 

March 12, 2024

US Department of Labor to hold West Virginia events for current, former coal miners with black lung disease, their families

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Black Lung Program will host three outreach events in West Virginia on March 19-21, 2024, for current and former coal miners disabled by black lung disease, and their families, to file or refile claims for benefits. 

March 6, 2024

US Department of Labor launches tool to help miners, mining communities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’ today announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has unveiled an online platform to help miners and their families navigate the process of finding healthcare providers, facilities and related resources.

February 26, 2024

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 15 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations in January 2024

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 10 states in January 2024, issuing 188 violations.

The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners. 

February 1, 2024

Department of Labor conducted second Pattern of Violations screening to protect miners in 2023; identifies chronic violator

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today released the results of its second 2023 pattern of violations screening to identify chronic violators and mine operators demonstrating a disregard for the health and safety of miners. This was the first time that the agency conducted more than one POV screening in a single calendar year.

January 29, 2024

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 16 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations in December 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 16 mines in 11 states in December 2023, issuing 247 violations.

The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners. 

December 21, 2023

Department of Labor completed impact inspections at 14 mines with histories of repeated safety, health violations in November 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 14 mines in 10 states in November 2023, issuing 184 violations and one safeguard.

The agency began impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners.

December 19, 2023

US Department of Labor announces final rule to protect miners from surface mobile equipment-related accidents, injuries, fatalities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule from its Mine Safety and Health Administration to help protect miners from accidents, injuries and fatalities related to surface mobile equipment.

November 27, 2023

Department of Labor announces findings of October 2023 impact inspections at 13 mines, many with histories of repeated safety, health issues

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 13 mines in 10 states in October 2023, issuing 215 violations.

MSHA began impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners.

October 30, 2023

US Department of Labor announces September impact inspections at 9 mines in 7 states identified more than 120 safety, health violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 9 mines in 7 states in September 2023, issuing 123 violations.

October 18, 2023

Federal judge orders Colorado mining company to ban owner from worksite until he completes required safety training

Employers:      Duckels Construction Inc., Fred Duckels, owner 

Actions:           U.S. Mine Safety and Health Act consent order and judgment 

Court:               U.S. District Court of Colorado 

October 4, 2023

US Department of Labor to host annual conference for nation’s mine safety, health trainers at National Mine Health and Safety Academy, Oct. 10-12

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration is holding its annual Training Resources Applied to Mining conference in Beaver, West Virginia, from Oct. 10 to 12.

September 29, 2023

US Department of Labor awards more than $10.5M in grants to support mine safety, health training across the nation

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $10.5 million in grants to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting programs such as safety and health courses.