October 2016

Happy October from the Florida Mine Safety Program! In this edition, you’ll find information about the High Liability Conference, Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, Annual Training Resources Applied to Mining Conference, MSHA Law Class and all October events. Read Full E-Newsletter 

MSHA Southeast Stakeholder Conference Call

The desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal is looking forward to having the second 2016 SE Stakeholder conference call to discuss recent seatbelt concerns in Metal and Nonmetal mining and hope you will all join. The following agenda items will be addressed, along with a Q & A session for each topic: recent MNM…

MSHA holds important stakeholder meeting

On October 5, 2016, MSHA held an important mining industry stakeholder meeting, with a call to action to prevent mining deaths. While there have been great strides to improve mining safety, leading to 2015 as the safest year in mining history in terms of the fewest number of mining deaths and lowest fatal and injury…

Safety Law Newsletter – October

OSHA Tries Fourth Amendment “Work-around” By: Gary Visscher, Esq. What constitutes a reasonable scope for an inspection after the employer reports an injury or an employee complaint is received, is before a federal district court in Georgia. The case involves poultry processor MarJac Poultry, Inc. Mar-Jac Poultry complied with OSHA’s 2014 injury reporting rule by…

MSHA’s Seasonal Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has posted a Seasonal Safety Alert on its website. Historically, October has been the mining industry’s deadliest month, especially in the metal and nonmetal (MNM) sector. Last year – in 2015 – a concerted effort by industry and MSHA to make October safe instead of deadly resulted in…

MSHA awards $1M in 2016 Brookwood-Sago grants

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today it has awarded $1 million to six organizations to develop training programs and materials that support mine rescue and mine emergency preparedness for underground mines. A provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 established the…

Seat Belt Safety Alert

Twenty of the miners who died in mobile equipment accidents at metal and nonmetal mines since 2005 would have survived the accident had they been using their seat belt. The ages of the victims ranged from 21 to 65 years, with job experience varying from as little as four, eight and twelve days up to…

Metal/Non-Metal Mine Fatality

EI DuPont De Nemours & Co Inc – The Chemours Company TT LLC On April 11, 2016, a 61-year old dozer operator with 18 years of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface titanium ore mine. He had been leveling the haul roads into the pit with the dozer and was found lying approximately…