A Kentucky mine operator illegally warned miners working underground about an impending federal inspection, according to a May 11 decision issued by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. On April 20, 2012, KenAmerican Resources, operator of the Paradise No. 9 mine, gave underground miners advance notice that Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors […]
OSHA hasn’t been able to ban substances that harm workers the most – but the EPA is making some headway. Chrysotile asbestos will soon be banned in a wide range of industrial uses under a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule. EPA is calling for a manufacturing, distribution and import ban on chrysotile asbestos in: […]
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) launched a new safety campaign Feb. 28 in response to recent trends in mining incidents resulting in injuries and deaths. Many of these incidents could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks, leading MSHA to initiate its Take Time Save Lives campaign. This campaign […]
The convergence of mines with oil and gas wells has recently become more of an area of concern for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Nationwide, thousands of oil and gas wells penetrate coal seams that are being actively mined, and an accidental intersection could cause problems for miners. MSHA and state agencies evaluate […]
Heads up! The cost of noncompliance with OSHA regulations just jumped 27%.
The U.S. Department of Labor has increased maximum fines by 2.5% for 2019 which includes penalties assessed by OSHA and MSHA.
After a one-time jump of 7% from 2015 to 2016, the number of workplace deaths fell slightly in 2017.
An annual review pinpoints one of OSHA’s biggest challenges as its strives to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
Criminal prosecution for violating federal workplace safety standards is still rare, but one prosecutor says, “they’ll be more of these ideally,” after a grand jury charged eight company officials in a recent case.