Mine safety

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched two online tools to track safety violations commonly associated with mining deaths.

The new programmes will help operators, miners, the MSHA and others to track breaches of standards found by federal mine inspectors while examining underground coal mines.

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According to the MSHA, the online tools will also improve its other web-based methods for ensuring operational safely such as monitoring a mine’s compliance history, determining its eligibility for a pattern of violations, or the number of substantial violations issued in a given timeframe following a corrective action plan.

"These new web tools will enable mine operators to monitor their own compliance with specific safety and health standards."

The first, new application identifies the health and safety standards spotlighted in MSHA’s ‘Rules to Live By’ outreach and enforcement programme, which was initiated in 2010 to tackle the common causes of mining fatalities.

The MSHA’s second product tracks a mine’s compliance with nine standards associated with dangerous conditions that pose risks to coal miners working underground.

MSHA labour for mine safety and health assistant secretary Joseph Main said: "These new web tools will enable mine operators to monitor their own compliance with specific safety and health standards that are commonly linked to mining deaths and frequently cited by MSHA.

"Operators will be able to track their mine’s performance and take any corrective action that may be needed to improve compliance."

Image: MSHA’s new, online tools will track violations associated with mining deaths. Photo: courtesy of Suat Eman/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.