Stand Down to Save Lives, May 22nd, 2024

What is Stand Down To Save Lives? Stand Down To Save Lives is a critical initiative by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) dedicated to uniting the mining community in a collective effort to bolster safety and health practices across the nation’s mines. Set to take place on May 22nd, this nationwide event serves…

Department of Labor announces findings of March 2024 impact inspections completed at 14 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 14 mines in 11 states in March 2024, issuing 199 violations and one safeguard. The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion killed 29 miners in West Virginia at the Upper Big…

Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment – Compliance Assistance Resources

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has published a training course to assist operators and contractors with compliance of the final rule, Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment. Access the online program now: https://arlweb.msha.gov/distance/SMESP/index.html Find more compliance assistance resources here: https://www.msha.gov/compliance-assistance-templates-and-other-resources.

SAFETY ALERT – Customer Truck Drivers!

Since 2021, customer truck drivers have been involved in six fatal accidents. The following are best practices provided by the  Mine Safety and Health Administration to help prevent future accidents. Best Practices: ✅Provide site-specific hazard awareness training to customers, including commercial over-the-road truck drivers. ✅Alert customer truck drivers to changes in traffic procedures, patterns, or road…

US Department of Labor leaders, worker advocates, families to mark Workers Memorial Day, honor people whose jobs claimed their lives

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor will hold a ceremony on April 25 to honor people whose lives were cut short by workplace injuries, illnesses or diseases, one of many events at its Washington headquarters during the week leading up to the national Workers Memorial Day remembrance on April 28. The department’s Assistant Secretary for…

Congratulations to the Florida Mine Safety Program’s Competition Winners

Team Competition Winners: Congratulations to the Florida Mine Safety Program’s Team Competition Winners of the 5th Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, National, Regional and Florida State Champions, which were presented during the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 7th at the Goodwood Gardens & Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.   National Team Trainer: Matthew Lower…

Mine rescue teams complete intense training in Havana

By: Staci Inez, WCTV TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – 17 mine rescue teams from around the U.S. flocked to Havana on Wednesday to test and hone their skills. The Florida Public Safety Institute became a hub for real-life emergency scenarios for the rescue teams. They completed a variety of land and water rescues as part of…