Tag: Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)

A Safe Investment

A Safe Investment

You shouldn’t have to risk your life to pursue a living. Yet every year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured on the job due to unsafe working conditions. At the Labor Department, we believe that all workers deserve to feel safe and protected on the job. With this year’s budget request, we’re […]

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Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

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Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

Last year, a miner who maintained machinery at a cement facility in Southern California contacted MSHA about safety hazards. Not long after doing so, he was suspended and then terminated. Making sure miners like this one have a voice on the job has been one of my top priorities since arriving at MSHA six years […]

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A Rule That Will Save Lives

Filed in Safety by on January 17, 2015 0 Comments
A Rule That Will Save Lives

Probably no regulation issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration over the past five years has received as much labor and industry support as the one we published on Jan. 15. This final rule, whose technology was developed through efforts of the mining industry, will require operators of underground coal mines to equip continuous […]

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A Tribute to Miners, Past and Present

Filed in Safety by on December 5, 2014 1 Comment
A Tribute to Miners, Past and Present

December 6 is National Miners Day, designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners both past and present. At the Mine Safety and Health Administration, we take this day to heart – and not only for the obvious professional reasons. Many of us at this agency have a personal connection to miners […]

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Celebrating Mine Rescue Day

Filed in Mining by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Celebrating Mine Rescue Day

Today, October 30, we recognize the dedication and sacrifice of the volunteers who form the backbone of our national response in the event of a mining emergency.  These mine rescuers are a special breed and deserving of our gratitude. Mine rescue is among the most risky and challenging rescue work undertaken in this country. Many […]

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Working Together for a Future of Safe Jobs

Working Together for a Future of Safe Jobs

Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and about 30 business owners and industry leaders representing an important part of the nation’s mining sector to discuss mine safety, jobs, skills and training needs, and preparing for the future. Secretary Perez, the industry, and Department of Labor participants laid […]

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The Real Game Changer in Mine Safety

Filed in DOL, Mining by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
The Real Game Changer in Mine Safety

Soon after taking the job as the Labor Department’s assistant secretary of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, I directed the implementation of sweeping reforms to the Pattern of Violations provisions contained in the 1977 Mine Act. So what does that exactly mean? This law authorized MSHA to issue Pattern of Violation notices to mine […]

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Mine Rescue Teams – A Special Breed

Filed in DOL, Mining by on August 14, 2014 0 Comments
Mine Rescue Teams – A Special Breed

The 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest, held Aug. 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky, was by all accounts one of the most successful national contests ever for the metal and nonmetal industry. A record 41 teams from 18 states participated in these simulated emergency exercises, which enable teams to sharpen the skills they may […]

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A New Day for Miners’ Health

Filed in Mining, Safety, Workplace Rights by on July 31, 2014 1 Comment
A New Day for Miners’ Health

Aug. 1 marks the start of new and historic protections against black lung disease for U.S. underground and surface coal miners. American coal miners will be better protected from the disabling and life-shortening respiratory diseases known as “black lung” as a new rule goes into effect Aug. 1, representing the first major changes in this […]

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Another Step Toward Ending Black Lung

Filed in Safety by on June 13, 2014 0 Comments
Another Step Toward Ending Black Lung

When I first set foot in a coal mine 47 years ago, I had no idea what changes would be in store for the industry.  Back then, it wasn’t unusual for the number of coal mining fatalities to exceed 100 in a single year. Over time, thanks to stronger enforcement, better cooperation with mine operators, education […]

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