WASHINGTON (CN) – The Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring that certain underground coal mine safety evaluations occur more often, to detect unsafe mine conditions earlier.
Mine operators are to identify violations of health or safety standards regarding ventilation, methane, roof control, combustible materials, rock dust, other safeguards, and guarding, during preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations of the mines, under the new rules, effective Aug. 6.
The new rules also require that the operator record and correct violations of the nine safety and health standards found during these examinations. The rules also require that the operator review with mine examiners on a quarterly basis all citations and orders issued in areas where preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations are required.
After analyzing the MSHA’s accident reports and enforcement data for underground coal mines over a 5-year period, MSHA determined that the same types of violations of health or safety standards are found by MSHA inspectors in underground coal mines every year and that these violations present some of the most unsafe conditions for coal miners.
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