MSHA Uncovered 188 Violations in January 2024 Impact Inspections

MSHA Uncovered 188 Violations in January 2024 Impact Inspections

The agency identified 63 significant and substantial violations across 15 mines.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) concluded impact inspections at 15 mines across 10 states in January 2024. The result was the identification of 188 violations, including 63 significant and substantial (S&S) findings and one unwarrantable failure.

According to a release dated Feb. 26, MSHA completed impact inspections at Arizona, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The agency launched these inspections following the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. Mines are selected for impact inspections based on poor compliance history, past accidents, injuries or death, and other compliance concerns.

“Because of these impact inspections, MSHA was able to identify powered haulage, highwall, inadequate training and other hazards that endangered miners and require corrective actions to protect miners’ safety and health,” MSHA Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson said in a statement.

MSHA's impact inspections since 2023 have uncovered a total of 2,927 violations.

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