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MSHA to being enhanced enforcement of Rules to Live By

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The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is to begin “enhanced enforcement” of its Rules to Live By initiative and nine underground coal exam rule standards that focus on the greatest risks to miners.

“While we’ve seen progress in reducing mining deaths associated with both Rules to Live By and the exam rule, mine operators need to conduct better site inspections and take appropriate action to improve compliance with these standards,” said Joseph Main, Assistant Secretary of Labour for Mine Safety and Health, in a press release.

“That is why we are increasing attention on these critical standard. We urge the mining industry to do the same.”

According to MSHA analysis of US mining fatalities over a ten-year period, deaths associated with Rules to Live By standards have fallen by an average of 23%, while citations for violations of these standards have fallen an average of 37%.

Similarly, fatalities associated with the underground coal exam rule have fallen by an average of 22% with citations down an average of 45%.

Beginning on 1 July, MSHA will make more extensive use of its web-based Rules to Live By and exam rule calculators to determine the number of citations and orders issued during the most recent inspection periods for which data is available.

This analysis will be provided to mine operators, who will be encouraged to use the online Rules to Live By and exam rule calculators to monitor their compliance and take actions to stop violations. The results will also be added to criteria for consideration of impact inspections, targeting mines with elevated non-compliance of these standards.

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