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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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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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Ensuring Miners Can Exercise Their Rights Without Fear

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on May 10, 2013 1 Comment
Ensuring Miners Can Exercise Their Rights Without Fear

When I arrived at the Mine Safety and Health Administration in 2009, I made it a top priority to beef up enforcement of anti-discrimination provisions contained in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 Act. Section 105(c) of the act protects miners, their representatives and applicants for employment from retaliation for identifying safety […]

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Renewing Our Commitment to Promote Safe Mines

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on April 8, 2013 4 Comments
Renewing Our Commitment to Promote Safe Mines

Editor’s note: This blog is based on an op-ed that appeared in the Beckley Register-Herald. Every mining death that occurs leaves a lasting impact not only on the victim’s family, but on the community where that miner lived, worked and worshipped. Anniversaries of mine accidents often serve as a painful reminder of the tragic moment that […]

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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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Mine fatality, injury rates fell to historic low in 2011

Filed in Safety by on November 7, 2012 0 Comments
Mine fatality, injury rates fell to historic low in 2011

Mine fatalities are preventable. Many mines operate every shift of every day, year in and year out, without a fatality or a lost-time injury. Mining workplaces can and must be made safe for miners. Last year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration began providing the mining industry with quarterly information on the types of fatal […]

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Miners’ Rights at the Forefront

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on September 17, 2012 0 Comments

When I arrived at the Mine Safety and Health Administration in October 2009, one of my top priorities was to educate miners about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace, specifically those rights that pertain to their safety and health.  According to Section 105(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, a […]

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Eradicating Fundamental Threats to Underground Coal Miners

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on August 8, 2012 3 Comments

Effective examinations are the first line of defense to protect miners working in underground coal mines.  When mine operators conduct such checks before and during a shift, they can address health and safety hazards before they become more dangerous and cause harm to workers.  On August 6, the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s final rule […]

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A Living Memorial to a Safer Future

A Living Memorial to a Safer Future

The following is a cross-post of an Op-ed that fist appeared in The Register-Herald: In Whitesville, W.Va., along Route 3, more than 70,000 pounds of granite stand as a stark reminder of the worst American coal mining disaster in 40 years.  The Upper Big Branch memorial, which is being formally dedicated this afternoon, is a […]

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