Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Repeat mine safety violators drop sharply

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is crediting site inspection reforms with bringing down the number of repeat violators. In the wake of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in 2010, MSHA began issuing Pattern of Violations notices to repeat offenders with serious and significant violations. Those citations are among the most serious actions the agency can take against a coal company. MSHA issued 51 such notices in 2010. That number has dropped in the years since, and this year, only one mine has received a POV notice. MSHA says the POV notices sent a strong message to mines that repeat violations would not be tolerated.