The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that federal inspectors issued 226 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at eight coal mines and three metal/nonmetal mines last month. The coal mines were issued 145 citations and 18 orders, while the metal/nonmetal operations were issued 51 citations and 12 orders.
Only one aggregates operation, Barber & Sons Aggregate, was on the list.
These inspections, which began in force in April 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns, including:
- A high number of violations or closure orders.
- Frequent hazard complaints or hotline calls.
- Plan compliance issues.
- Inadequate workplace examinations.
- A high number of accidents, injuries or illnesses.
- Adverse conditions such as increased methane liberation, faulty roof conditions and inadequate ventilation.