News Release

U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Stakeholder Meetings on Reducing Mine Accidents Involving Mobile Equipment and Belt Conveyors

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar on the Agency's Request for Information (RFI) on Safety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground Mines. The RFI was published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2018.

Mobile equipment at surface operations includes bulldozers, front-end loaders and trucks, while belt conveyors are used to transport materials in surface and underground mines. The RFI is part of a larger initiative that MSHA is undertaking to reduce accidents involving powered haulage – which includes haul trucks, front-end loaders and other large vehicles – as well as belt conveyors.

In addition to soliciting data from stakeholders on technology and practices that can improve safety conditions for miners, MSHA will provide technical assistance and develop best practices and training materials to raise awareness of hazards related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:



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Aug. 7, 2018
9 a.m. CDT

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203


Aug. 9, 2018
9 a.m. CDT

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Dallas-Market Center, 2015 Market Center Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207


Aug. 16, 2018
11 a.m. EDT

Webinar (Call-in info available here)


Aug. 21, 2018
9 a.m. PDT

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
One South Lake St., Reno, NV 89501


Sept. 11, 2018
9 a.m. EDT

National Mine Health and Safety Academy
1301 Airport Road, Beckley, WV 25813


Sept. 20, 2018
9 a.m. EDT

Hilton Albany
40 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207


Sept. 25, 2018
9 a.m. EDT

MSHA Headquarters
201 12th St. South, 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202


Mine Safety & Health Administration
July 31, 2018
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Contact: Amy Louviere
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