Department of Labor Issues 246 Mining Violations

Impact inspections reveal a “troubling number” of unchecked mine failures.

The Department of Labor announced last week that they issued 246 violations to 14 mines in the month of August, finding a “troubling number” of avoidable, neglect-driven issues at each work site. 

The Mine Safety and Health Administration regularly conducts impact inspections at mining areas where there has been an increase in recorded accidents and injuries. Out of the 246 mining workplace violations found in August, 94 were rated as “significant and substantial” and 17 were rated as “unwarrantable,” meaning that a mine’s managers actively perpetuated dangerous neglect in the workplace.

“August impact inspections resulted in a troubling number of unwarrantable failure findings at multiple mines, representing serious safety and health hazards that operators knew put miners at risk and should have corrected,” said Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson. “Impact inspections remain an important tool to hold operators accountable and eliminate hazards such as combustible materials near belts, hazards that history shows can, unfortunately, cause mine fires and lost lives.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Secretary Williamson as he advocates for mine workers.
  • For Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su to seek God’s direction while she oversees the department.
  • For the employers of U.S. mine workers to provide appropriate health and safety measures.

Sources: Department of Labor


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