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MSHA Targets Four Quarries During June Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 114 citations and four orders during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines in June.

MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Monthly impact inspections began in force in April 2010 at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. Since then, MSHA inspectors have conducted 1,173 impact inspections and issued 16,429 citations, 1,317 orders and 60 safeguards.

MSHA targeted four nonmetallic minerals quarries in June: Cemex's Black Mountain Quarry in California; LafargeHolcim's Portland Plant & Quarry in Colorado; Titan Cement's Pennsuco Quarry in Florida; and Georgia Stone's Chelmsford Quarry in Massachusetts. Thirty-one citations and four orders were issued.