Mine Safety Citations Issued in Feb.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 12:04 PM gHale


Three coal companies received 50 citations for health and safety violations spotted during special inspections in February, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) said.

The Kentucky mines targeted for “impact inspections” were the Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Bear Branch surface mine in Leslie County; Armstrong Coal Company’s Lewis Creek underground mine in Ohio County; and the Redhawk No. 1 underground mine in Floyd County, operated by Redhawk Mining LLC.

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MSHA inspectors issued 31 citations at the Nally & Hamilton mine, 16 to Armstrong Coal and three to Redhawk Mining.

The federal mine-safety agency began doing heightened inspections in April 2010 after a mine blast at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 men.

The impact inspections focus on mines the agency thinks need extra attention because of a poor compliance history or other concerns.

The agency has conducted 726 of the inspections since 2010, issuing more than 13,000 citations and orders.

While that was just Kentucky citations, for February the MSHA issued 210 citations, eight orders and one safeguard during the special impact inspections conducted at nine coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in February. A safeguard is when an unsafe haulage or hoisting hazard is apparent and is an immediate risk to a miner.

Three coal mines each in Kentucky and West Virginia received impact inspections, along with one each in Illinois, Utah and Virginia. A surface gold mine in Nevada, along with an underground salt mine and a crushed limestone operation in Kansas, also received impact inspections.



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