The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 135 citations, 24 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and two metal and nonmetal mines in December.
Targeted in December was the Cemex de Puerto Rico company’s Ponce Cement Plant which was issued four citations.
On Dec. 11, 2014, MSHA conducted an impact inspection during the day shift at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County, W.Va. The inspection party proceeded to inspect the mine's two working sections and a large portion of the conveyor belt. MSHA issued seven 104(d)(2) unwarrantable failure orders and six 104(a) citations.
MSHA conducted an impact inspection at the Veris Gold U.S.A. Inc.'s Jerritt Canyon Mill in Elko County, Nev., that began on Dec. 16, 2014. Inspectors issued 61 citations and orders to the mine operator. Among the hazardous conditions cited during the inspection, MSHA found that an electrician working in the crusher area had been cleaning and performing maintenance on a 480-volt fully-energized switch gear.