Difficult conditions caused divers to suspend their work temporarily last night at a West Virginia coal impoundment site. They had been using torches to try and cut into the cab of a submerged bulldozer to recover the body of a miner.
MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said the divers were unable to maintain an arc and were also significantly inhibited by water and slurry as they tried to cut a small hole in the top of the machine’s cab at Consol Energy’s Nolan Run coal impoundment facility in Harrison County.
MSHA has cited a West Virginia coal mine operator for aggravated conduct beyond ordinary negligence in connection with an accident last May 17 in which a mechanic fell 39 feet to his death.
Clyde W. Dolin, 57, was killed when the ladder extension he was standing on became unstable. He plunged through a hoist well opening and fell three stories onto a concrete floor at Independence Coal Co., Inc.’s Liberty Processing Plant in Boone County.
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The body of a miner who has been missing since Nov. 30 when an embankment collapsed at a West Virginia coal impoundment dam has been located.
In an e-mail, Consol Energy spokeswoman Lynn Seay said that divers working at the Nolan Run impoundment in Harrison County this morning cut an opening in the canopy of a bulldozer and located the employee inside the cab.
Defibrillators are coming to Pennsylvania’s coal mines.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Thursday that underground bituminous coal mines in the Keystone State will soon be required to install automated external defibrillators.
Divers are expected to begin their search tomorrow for the body of a miner who has been missing since the dozer he was operating slid into a West Virginia coal impoundment dam more than a week ago.
The first dive will be attempted around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere. The recovery effort is being conducted at Consol Energy’s Nolan Run impoundment near Lumberport, in the north-central part of the state.
In an official acknowledgement of the obvious, MSHA has formally listed a miner who remains unaccounted for after an impoundment failure six days ago in West Virginia as a mining-related fatality.
The listing came after MSHA posted a preliminary accident investigation report that for the first time explained the extent of the embankment failure Nov. 30 at Consol Energy’s Nolan Run coal slurry impoundment in Harrison County.
Divers from Louisiana have been called in to help locate a miner missing after the bulldozer he was operating at a West Virginia coal impoundment pond slid into the water five days ago.
Two engineers also slid into the Nolan Run impoundment at Consol Energy’s Robinson Run mine in Harrison County on Nov. 30 but were rescued. They were treated and released from area hospitals. The dozer operator’s name has not been released at the request of his family. Consol has also not released the names of the engineers.
An appeals court has upheld a judge’s order that a Wyoming coal miner be reinstated because she was terminated for complaining about safety issues.
In an 11-page decision Nov. 15, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit said shovel operator Cindy L. Clapp had been illegally terminated in March 2010 after voicing a number of safety complaints, including her view that a new company policy was dangerous that required coal trucks found to be overloaded return to the face so their loads could be dumped.
A union representing more than 200 Idaho silver miners is seeking over a year’s compensation for those workers who were laid off after MSHA closed their mine for safety reasons.
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5114 brought a complaint for compensation on behalf of its members who have worked at Hecla Limited's Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan. In a legal proceeding before Administrative Law Judge Richard Manning, the company asked that the complaint be dismissed.
Only the barest of details are being provided by personnel at a West Virginia coal slurry impoundment pond, where three workers slipped into the impoundment pond Friday after an embankment collapsed. One of the workers remains missing.
The pond serves a preparation plant for Consol Energy’s Robinson Run underground coal mine in Harrison County. A bulldozer and two pickup trucks went into the water along with the three men – two engineers and the dozer operator. The engineers were quickly rescued and then released from area hospitals after being treated.
The search continues today for the operator of a bulldozer that, along with two pickup trucks, slid into a coal impoundment pond in West Virginia following what MSHA described as a “massive failure” of an embankment.
The accident at about 12:15 p.m. Friday sent the bulldozer operator and two engineers standing on a platform at the Consol Energy, Inc. facility in Harrison County into the dam. The engineers were quickly rescued and sent to area hospitals. Both were released on Friday.
Two aggregate operations that have experienced fatalities within the past year were targeted in impact inspections MSHA conducted in October, while a West Virginia coal operation received an unprecedented two impact inspections during the month.
MSHA has notified a Louisiana alumina facility and three Appalachian coal mines they are potential pattern violators (PPOV).
In a press release today, the agency identified the mines as Noranda Alumina LLC’s Gramercy Facility; Ten-Mile Coal Co.’s No. 4 Mine and Argus Energy WV, LLC’s Deep Mine No. 8, both in West Virginia; and Pike Floyd Mining, Inc.’s No. 3 Mine in Kentucky.
Peabody Energy has announced it is closing a large underground coal operation in Illinois, in part due to safety concerns.
In a statement released Tuesday, the St. Louis-based coal operator said it will permanently close its Willow Lake Portal because it "has failed to meet acceptable standards for safety, compliance and operating performance, and these ongoing issues make the operations unsustainable." The mine is run by a subsidiary, Big Ridge, Inc.
Closure is slated to occur during the first quarter of 2013. Some 400 miners will be affected.
Prosecutors took a giant step up the corporate ladder at Massey Energy Co. by filing a criminal information today in federal court against the former president of a Massey subsidiary.
David Craig Hughart, 53, of Crab Orchard, WV was charged in U.S. District Court in Beckley with conspiring with others, “known and unknown,” to violate mine safety and health laws. Hughart was president of Massey’s Green Valley Resource Group from around 2000 to March 2010 and controlled mines run by White Buck Coal Co. in West Virginia.
Developers of an award-winning toolbox training manual on mine safety have appealed to training professionals for comments on the educational resource.
Toolbox Training: Mine Safety presents 11 types of accidents. Each type is illustrated by three scenarios taken directly from MSHA accident reports over the past 10 years.
A 30-year-old Illinois coal miner was killed early Saturday when he was crushed between a continuous mining machine and a mine rib.
Chad Wayne Meyers of Goreville died after the 3:20 a.m. accident at Big Ridge, Inc.’s Willow Lake Portal near Equality in the southern part of the state. He was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m. Saline County Coroner Jerry Doug Watson listed the preliminary cause of death as blunt force trauma.
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Current Regulatory Agenda
Proposed (P) Final (F)
(F) Pattern of Violations Issued Jan '13
(F) Prox Detect Devices:CMMs May '13
(F) Respirable Coal Dust Jun '13
(P) Prox Detect Devices UG Jul '13
(P) Civil Penalties Jan '13
(P) Legal Identity Not. Jul '13
(P) Silica Aug '13
(P) Testing Fees Aug '13
(F) Update Signage Mar '13
(F) Coop. Agreements Apr '13
(F) Update NAICS May13
(F) Confined Space Construction Jul '13
(F) Slips, Trips, Falls Aug '13
(P) Silica May '13
(P) Inj/Ill Reporting May '13
(P) Combustible Dust Oct '13
(P) I2P2 Dec '13
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- Aggregates 2
- Other M/NM 5
- Coal 19
- Aggregates 10
- Other M/NM 6
- Coal 21
- Aggregates 8
- Other M/NM 8
- Coal 48
- Aggregates 9
- Other M/NM 14