MSHA Opens Fourth Pattern of Violations Case

The DOL agency said it has found that 19 out of 39 audited mines "either failed to report injuries or underreported the lost time associated with reported injuries, and four of the 19 met the criteria for a [potential pattern of violations]."

MSHA announced it has placed Dennis Creg Yonts' Mine No. 2 in Letcher County, Ky., on potential pattern of violations status based on data gathered during MSHA audits. The mine is operated by Vision Coal. The DOL agency said it has found that 19 out of 39 audited mines "either failed to report injuries or underreported the lost time associated with reported injuries, and four of the 19 met the criteria for a PPOV."

The three operations now on PPOV status are Alpha Natural Resources Inc.'s Randolph Mine operated by Inman Energy and Justice No. 1 Mine operated by Independent Coal Co. Inc, both in Boone County, W.Va., and the Maple Eagle No. 1 Mine operated by Maple Coal Co., a Walter Energy Inc. mine in Fayette County, W.Va.

"These results expose an unsettling amount of underreporting at mines that already have troublesome compliance records," said Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "These audits are an important tool as MSHA scrutinizes its system of operators self-reporting accidents and injuries. We cannot simply accept information provided by a mine operator that may be avoiding PPOV enforcement action."

The 39 audits identified 76 injuries that were unreported or underreported, including 47 unreported injuries at six mines formerly controlled by Massey Energy. As a result, MSHA issued 247 citations, including 98 for failing to accurately report injuries. Its news release said two Peabody Energy mines -- Willow Lake Portal operated by Big Ridge Inc. in Saline County, Ill., and Air Quality No. 1 Mine operated by Peabody Midwest Mining LLC in Knox County, Ind. -- "have yet to comply with MSHA's audit." An administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled the mines must give documents to MSHA to allow the audits to be done, but the company has appealed the judge's decision to the commission.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2021

    November December 2021

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      How to Streamline Gas Detector Maintenance
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      How PPE Can Help You Deal with the Harsh Condition of Winter
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Tackling Hearing Protection in the Workplace
    View This Issue