Proximity Detection Rule Hearings Start Today

MSHA issued the rule because it determined miners are exposed to pinning, crushing, and struck-by hazards when working near mobile machines in underground coal mines.

MSHA will hold four public hearings this month on its proposed rule for proximity detection systems on mobile machines used in underground coal mines, with the first hearing taking place Oct. 6 in Denver and beginning at 9 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown, 1420 Stout St. The rule was published Sept. 2 and would require coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with a technology that uses electronic sensors to detect motion or the location of one object relative to another. The systems can be programmed to send warning signals and stop machines before they injure or kill miners working in an underground mine.

The rule regards shuttle cars, diesel- and battery-powered ram cars, and continuous haulage systems as coal hauling machines. Scoops include both diesel-powered and electrical-powered scoops. MSHA issued the rule because it determined miners are exposed to pinning, crushing, and struck-by hazards when working near mobile machines in underground coal mines. The agency's data shows proximity detection systems could have prevented 42 fatalities on these machines from 1984 through 2014.

The other three meetings are:

  • Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 8, 9 a.m., Sheraton Birmingham, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North
  • Beaver, W.Va., Oct. 19, 8 a.m., National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Rd.
  • Indianapolis, Oct. 29, 9 a.m., Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland St.

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.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • 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.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue