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A Year of Action and Progress

A Year of Action and Progress

The Labor Department’s 102nd year — my first full one as Secretary — has been one of action and progress.  We have worked every day to ensure that a growing economy benefits everyone. That starts with ensuring we continue on the road to economic recovery – and we made great progress along that road in […]

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A Tribute to Miners, Past and Present

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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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Another Step Toward Ending Black Lung

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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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MSHA Takes Action to Reverse Fatality Trend

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MSHA Takes Action to Reverse Fatality Trend

As has been a practice over the last four years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration today released a summary of U.S. mining deaths that occurred during the first quarter of 2014. From Jan. 1 to March 31, 2014, eight miners died in accidents in the nation’s mining industry – three in coal and five […]

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Accountability Matters: Reforms in the Wake of Upper Big Branch

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Accountability Matters: Reforms in the Wake of Upper Big Branch

When 29 miners were killed in a catastrophic explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April 2010, an entire nation mourned the worst coal mining disaster in decades. We can’t bring back the lives lost, but we can take stock of what went wrong, making sure those who were responsible pay the price and […]

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New Online Tracking Tool to Aid Mining Industry

Filed in Safety by on September 9, 2013 1 Comment
New Online Tracking Tool to Aid Mining Industry

The department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has created a new online tool for the mining industry. The S&S Rate Calculator enables mine operators who have implemented a corrective action program to determine if their mines are successfully reducing their significant and substantial, or S&S, violations. An S&S violation of a mandatory health or safety […]

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Final 2012 Data Shows Lowest Mining Injury, Fatality Rates in US History

Filed in Jobs, Safety by on July 11, 2013 1 Comment
Final 2012 Data Shows Lowest Mining Injury, Fatality Rates in US History

This week, my agency, the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, released the final mining data for 2012, which include mine inspections, violations, number of mines and miners, and injury and fatality rates. Last year’s numbers represent the overall lowest death and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining. While one death is too […]

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Celebrating a Landmark in Mine Safety

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Celebrating a Landmark in Mine Safety

On Nov. 20, 1968, an explosion ripped through the Farmington No. 9 Mine in West Virginia, leaving 78 miners dead. There was sorrow and outrage as the toll reverberated through America’s mining communities.  One year later, Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. But that law didn’t protect miners at […]

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Mine Safety Continues to Move in the Right Direction

Filed in Jobs, Safety, Workplace Rights by on February 6, 2013 3 Comments
Mine Safety Continues to Move in the Right Direction

Since I arrived at the Mine Safety and Health Administration, my top priority has been to reduce fatalities, injuries and illnesses in our nation’s mines. Last year at this time, we reported that mining fatality and injury rates were the lowest ever in history. Preliminary data for 2012 show that 36 miners (19 in coal […]

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A Day to Honor Our Nation’s Miners

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on December 6, 2012 1 Comment
A Day to Honor Our Nation’s Miners

Today we recognize the third annual National Miners Day, which marks the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners across the nation. Dec. 6 was chosen as National Miners Day to honor the 362 miners who perished in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va., in 1907 − the worst mining accident in American history. Like many […]

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