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October 25-26, 2011

7th Annual Joint Western Regional Mine Safety and Health Conference

Sponsoring agencies from the mining industry, government and education present the 7th Annual Joint Western Regional Mine Safety and Health Conference. Committed to exploring ways to improve health and safety in the mining industry. For more information or to register visit this site.

March 16, 2011

Peabody Energy Receives Safety Innovation Award

Peabody Energy today announced that its Twentymile Mine in Colorado has earned the Top Safety Innovation Award from the Colorado Mining Association for a device that makes moving longwall equipment safer and more efficient at the underground mine.

The award is given annually to recognize an innovation that leads to improved safety performance of Colorado miners. With a brief investment of materials and time, the Twentymile longwall crew invented and assembled a staple-lock tool that uses hydraulics to remove portions of each longwall panel, minimizing incident risk. The association also recognized members of the mine's workforce for significant safety achievements.

February 10, 2011

MSHA's Assistant Secretary of Labor Joseph Main's Letter to Mining Community

To the Mining Community: While much of the public’s attention was focused in 2010 on the tragedy at Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners, that disaster was not the only cause of mining deaths in this country in 2010. In total, 71 miners died on the job last year, compared to 34 in 2009. Forty-eight of those deaths occurred in coal mines: 29 coal miners were killed in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in April and 19 additional coal miners lost their lives in other accidents. Twenty-three miners were killed at metal and nonmetal mining operations - 45 percent were contractors. Not including the Upper Big Branch-related deaths, it appears that more than half of the 42 additional miners died in accidents involving violations of the Rules to Live By standards. In a look back over the past 10 years and excluding Upper Big Branch, these same types of fatal accidents have occurred. We must take the lessons to be learned by these fatal accidents and act on them to prevent additional fatalities.

December 14, 2010

MSHA Initiative Highlights Dangers Related to Mobile Equipment Use in Coal Mines

ARLINGTON, Va. - Through a new safety initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration is calling special attention to the potential dangers that shuttle cars and scoops in underground coal mines pose to miners. Between January 2000 and September 2010, nearly 800 miners have been injured and 16 killed in coal mine accidents involving shuttle cars and scoops. Three of those deaths occurred this year. (For more information and a link to the best practices, poster, hard hat stickers, go to

November 10, 2010

MSHA announces it will hold 6 public hearings on coal mine dust rule

ARLINGTON, Va. - ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold six public hearings on the proposed rule "Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors." The notice will be available in the Federal Register on Nov. 15. The proposed rule was published Oct. 19 and is available at

November 8, 2010

Mine disasters drive creation of communication, tracking devices for Utah, U.S.

More than anything else, the haunting way in which 12 Sago coal miners died in 2006 spurred the invention of communications and tracking technology now being installed in underground mines in Utah and around the country.

November 1, 2010

US Labor Department's MSHA kicks off annual 'Winter Alert' campaign

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration kicks off its 2010 Winter Alert campaign today to warn miners and mine operators about the dangers colder weather can bring to the mining environment. Historically, statistics show that most coal mine explosions occur during the colder months.