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Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor
Arlington
22209-3939
VA

Telephone : (202) 693-9400
Web : www.msha.gov


Article archive for Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA);

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US mining deaths down to record low in 2016 25 August 2017

According to data compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, 25 miners died in work-related accidents in 2016 against 29 in 2015. This is the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded in the country and only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. ...

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News Extra - MSHA says US coal mining deaths now at historic low 23 January 2015

Preliminary data released in early January by the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) indicates that 40 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines in 2014, two fewer than in the previous year. Coal mining deaths dropped from 20 in 2013 to 16 in 2014, the lowest annual number of coal mining deaths ever recorded in the United States. The previous record low was 18 in 2009. ...

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US report says further mine rescue reforms needed 15 March 2013

The US National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council published a report on March 14 urging industry and government agencies to better coordinate their emergency response planning and improve efforts to train miners in underground evacuations....

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Most Upper Big Branch mine disaster victims had black lung disease 09 July 2012

According to a report in the Charleston Gazette, many of the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in April 2012 were suffering from coal workers' pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung disease. This is caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of coal dust and leads to respiratory problems, and in some cases, death....

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MSHA says 10 killed in US mines in Q1, 2012 27 April 2012

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says 10 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines during the first quarter of 2012. MSHA chief Joe Main said on April 25 that three of those killed on five consecutive weekends were mine supervisors, six of the deaths were in coal mines and the others in metal and nonmetal mines....

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US mine safety agency failings highlighted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster report 26 March 2012

An independent review by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) enforcement at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia says the agency failed to spot a number of enforcement deficiencies at the mine, which were major factors in the April 2010 explosion that took 29 lives. ...

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MSHA report on deadly UBB mine blast admits further agency failings 09 March 2012

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration review of the Upper Big Branch coal mine blast in April 2010, which killed 29, contains evidence of further significant failures in the agency’s oversight of the mine. ...

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Mine safety agency internal review admits they missed problems at Upper Big Branch mine 07 March 2012

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s internal report into West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners were killed in an April 2010 explosion, admits the agency should have done better but denied they contributed to the tragedy....

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West Virgina mine blast supervisor charged with conspiracy 22 February 2012

Former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent Gary May has been named in a federal document that signals a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors. He is the second Massey Energy employee to face prosecution in the case, which was brought after 29 miners died in the April 2010 explosion at the mine....

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U.S. official says mining safer following 2010 explosion 07 February 2012

Assistant Secretary of Labor Joseph A. Main said at a recent meeting that he believes mining is safer in the U.S. today thanks to changes made in the industry following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April 2010....