U.S. Introduces New Mining Regulations

January 30, 2015


New safety regulations introduced by the U.S. government are designed to reduce the number of mining accidents in underground coal mines.


Earlier in January, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released the final rule for underground coal mines to minimize accidents. The regulations focused on accidents that are caused by crushing, pining or striking incidents.


The new regulations mean underground coal mining operators must install proximity detection systems on place-changing continuous mining machines.


This also means mine operators will be required to be meet certain operational standards. Warning systems will need to be installed so that machines in operation give out audio and visual signals to alert mine workers.


MSHA says 40 mining deaths that took place in the U.S. in 2014 were due to power hauling and mining machinery mishaps. Ten of those fatal accidents took place at actual coal mines.


The new regulations were drafted in hopes of greatly reducing that number. With the new federal rule in place, mine operators will now be required to retrofit continuous mining machines with those audio and visual detectors described above. All newly built continuous miners must also be equipped with the detectors.


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