MSHA Issues Mine Closure Order for Failure to Pay Penalties

The Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a closure order under Section 104(b) of the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) to Snapco Inc. of Buchanan County, Va., after the mine operator failed to pay $396,576.84 in delinquent penalties and then ignored a demand to correct the failure. The order closes production at the company's Mine Number 2; the penalties stem from at least 360 violations cited at that operation.

"When mine operators fail to meet their legal obligations, MSHA must take appropriate action," said Michael A. Davis, MSHA's deputy assistant secretary for operations. "This company had been given every opportunity to pay its fines and was warned that failure to pay could lead to a closure order."

In a letter dated April 3, MSHA, through counsel, formally demanded that Snapco Inc., pay its delinquent penalties. The parties engaged in some discussion, but Snapco Inc. failed to make suitable arrangements to pay its penalties. MSHA issued the citation on April 16, and when it became evident that the operator would not address the violations, MSHA issued a closure order on April 22.

This underground coal mine operator also recently received notice of a potential pattern of violations. On March 16, MSHA notified Snapco Inc. that it had a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards under Section 104(e) of the Mine Act at its Mine Number 2. If Snapco Inc. reopens, the company will be required to significantly reduce its violation frequency rate or face issuance of a Notice of a Pattern of Violations. Such notice would result in MSHA issuing an order to withdraw miners from the affected area until the cited condition is corrected each time a significant and substantial violation is found at the mine.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus