Mine Safety Inspections Reveal Violations Across Nine States

MSHA reports 207 safety hazards, and issues citations to mines.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) conducted impact inspections at 13 mines across nine states in February 2024, uncovering a total of 207 violations.

“February’s impact inspections uncovered hazardous conditions that put miners’ safety at risk needlessly,” said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson. “Impact inspections continue to be a valuable tool that MSHA uses to protect miners’ safety and health by identifying hazards, requiring corrective actions, and holding operators accountable for violations of the law.”

Impact inspections were initiated following the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in West Virginia, which resulted in the death of 29 miners. Since 2023, MSHA’s impact inspections have identified 3,134 violations, including 885 significant and substantial (S&S) violations and 59 unwarrantable failure findings, indicating serious safety hazards and aggravated negligence.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Secretary Williamson as he oversees effort to ensure the well-being of miners across the U.S.
  • For discernment for Acting Secretary Julie Su as she heads the Department of Labor.

Sources: Department of Labor


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