Mine Safety and Health Administration http://wfpl.org en MSHA Reports 36 Miners Died on the Job Last Year http://wfpl.org/post/msha-reports-36-miners-died-job-last-year <p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration <a href="http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2013/NR130131.asp" target="_blank">has released its preliminary fatality data</a> for last year.</p><p>Thirty-six miners died on the job last year—19 of them in coal mines. The federal government has been keeping records for more than a century, and 2012 was the second-lowest year for fatalities on record. The only year that was lower was 2009, when 35 miners died.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:49:35 +0000 Erica Peterson 3761 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Reports 36 Miners Died on the Job Last Year Coal Company, Officials Plead Guilty to Mine Safety Violations http://wfpl.org/post/coal-company-officials-plead-guilty-mine-safety-violations <p>Manalapan Mining Company--which operates in Harlan County--and two of the company's top officials are pleading guilty to charges they willfully violated mine safety rules.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 19:48:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 2432 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Reports Success With Increased Efforts to Protect Whistleblowers http://wfpl.org/post/msha-reports-success-increased-efforts-protect-whistleblowers <p>The federal <a href="http://www.msha.gov/" target="_blank">Mine Safety and Health Administration</a> is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations.</p><p>Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:03:53 +0000 Erica Peterson 1516 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Releases Mid-Year Fatality Report; 19 Miners Died in First 6 Months of 2012 http://wfpl.org/post/msha-releases-mid-year-fatality-report-19-miners-died-first-6-months-2012 <p>Nineteen miners died in the first half of 2012, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.msha.gov/FromtheDesk/FromtheDesk07192012.asp" target="_blank">mid-year summary.</a></p><p>Ten of those deaths were in coal mines (the rest were in metal or nonmetal mines). And five of them were in Kentucky&mdash;four of them in coal mines, and one in a limestone mine.</p><p>According to the release from MSHA:</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:00:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 1074 at http://wfpl.org GOP Seeks to Block Funding for New Measures to Reduce Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/gop-seeks-block-funding-new-measures-reduce-black-lung-disease <p>GOP members on the U.S. House Appropriations committee have inserted language into a bill to block a new Mine Safety and Health Department initiative to reduce occurrences of black lung disease--or coal workers&#39; pneumoconiosis.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Howard Berkes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/17/156908140/republican-lawmakers-seek-to-block-funding-on-black-lung-regulation" target="_blank">reported on the new language this morning</a> on NPR&#39;s news blog The Two Way:</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:08:54 +0000 Erica Peterson 1030 at http://wfpl.org California Congressman Says Federal Government Needs More Tools for Mine Safety http://wfpl.org/post/california-congressman-says-federal-government-needs-more-tools-mine-safety <p>The leading Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce says the federal government doesn&rsquo;t have enough tools to keep coal miners safe.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:47:07 +0000 Erica Peterson 999 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Fines Eastern Kentucky Mining Company for 2011 Fatality http://wfpl.org/post/msha-fines-eastern-kentucky-mining-company-2011-fatality <p>A Kentucky coal company has been fined nearly $600,000 by the federal government, stemming from violations that directly contributed to the death of a miner last year.</p><p>In June 2011, David Partin <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/06/29/fatal-accident-reported-in-harlan-county-coal-mine/" target="_blank">was killed</a> at the Manalapan Mining Company&rsquo;s P-1 Mine in Harlan County. A large section of rock fell from the coal mine&rsquo;s wall, and knocked him into a dolly.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:32:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 991 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Coal Operators to California Reps: Don't Expect Mine Safety Fine Payments Soon http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-coal-operators-california-reps-dont-expect-mine-safety-fine-payments-soon <p>A lawyer has responded to two California representatives on behalf of three Kentucky mine operators.</p><p>In June, Congressmen George Miller and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/california-reps-kentucky-coal-operators-pay" target="_blank"> sent a letter to</a> Jack Ealy and Ralph Napier, the president and vice president of K and D Mining, as well as John North of Jackrock, LLC. They wanted the mine operators to submit a plan to pay the $1.568 million currently owed to the federal government for mine safety violations.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:34:44 +0000 Erica Peterson 917 at http://wfpl.org Pike County Miner Killed in Accident http://wfpl.org/post/pike-county-miner-killed-accident <p>A Pike County miner has died following an accident at the McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corporation&#39;s Mine No. 23 in Kimper. From the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing:</p><blockquote><p>Preliminary reports indicate 33-year-old Farley Sargent was laying track when a rib roll occurred. A rib roll is when a portion of the coal pillar wall falls into the corridor.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:14:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 784 at http://wfpl.org California Reps to Kentucky Coal Operators: Pay Up http://wfpl.org/post/california-reps-kentucky-coal-operators-pay <p>Two California representatives want three Kentucky coal operators to pay the more than $1.5 million in fines they owe the federal government.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:47:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 722 at http://wfpl.org