MSHA Issues Violation Notices to Two US Coal Mines

13 April 2011 (Last Updated April 13th, 2011 18:30)

The US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a notice of a pattern of violations (PoV) to two coal mining operations under the federal Mine Safety and Health Act. Bledsoe Coal's Abner Branch Rider Mine and New West Virginia Mining's Apache Mine w

The US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a notice of a pattern of violations (PoV) to two coal mining operations under the federal Mine Safety and Health Act.

Bledsoe Coal's Abner Branch Rider Mine and New West Virginia Mining's Apache Mine were issued notices due to alleged chronic and persistent health and safety violations.

Last year, a total of 14 mines received potential PoV notices, out of which eight mines implemented corrective action programmes to reduce their significant and substantial ­ known as S&S ­ violation.

MSHA previously implemented major reforms to its PoV process, including new screening criteria and a review process that improves the agency's ability to identify problem mines.

MSHA also introduced an online monitoring tool that allows mine operators and miners to track a mine's compliance history and compare it to the potential PoV criteria.