MSHA en Roof and Rib Fall Hazards Remain Top Causes of Mining Injuries <div class="field-deck"> The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a program to generate awareness of roof and rib fall hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new outreach program focuses on reducing the number of mining deaths because of roof and rib falls or coal bursts.</p> <p>Despite advancements in roof control technology for underground coal mines, roof and rib falls or coal bursts continue to top the lists of mining injuries, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).</p> <p>As a response, the annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP), which runs through September, will educate mine workers and operators during agency inspections.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:47:00 +0000 56061 at Thinkstock Sandy Says: Letters from Don Blankenship <div class="field-byline"> Sandy Smith </div> <div class="field-deck"> Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is out of prison and writing letters. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ormer Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards. He was investigated after 29 workers died during an explosion at Massey&#39;s Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine MSHA Health Safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:34:00 +0000 55551 at Letters from Don Blankenship <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 335px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Protester Kate Rooth (R) holds a sign as former Chairman/CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship (L) prepares to testify for a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee May 20, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine issues regarding the safety of coal mining.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:53:00 +0000 55311 at MSHA: Five Miners Die in First Three Months of 2017 <div class="field-deck"> MSHA announces safety campaign to encourage mine workers and operators to perform regular inspections and account for all employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div>Working alone is a risk outlined in MSHA 30 CFR &nbsp;56.18020. It states:<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><em>No employee shall be assigned, or allowed, or be required to perform work alone in any area where hazardous conditions exist that would endanger the employee&#39;s safety unless the employee can communicate with others, can be heard, or can be seen.</em></div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 04 May 2017 13:09:00 +0000 54801 at Thinkstock Transitioning to a Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for the Department of Labor and OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke Jr. shares his thoughts on what to expect in the first few months of the Trump administration. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke Jr. served from April 2006 to November 2008. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, D.C., chairing the commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Foulke is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and chairman of OSHRC.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Safety News Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:53:00 +0000 51271 at Fisher Phillips Hear and Now: Entrepreneurs Get Creative to Solve the Noise Safety Challenge <div class="field-deck"> OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH partner on the first “Hear and Now” Noise Safety Challenge, offering the top 10 finalists the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As many as 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise every day at work. To combat that significant occupational health and safety challenge, OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH developed the &ldquo;Hear and Now&rdquo; Noise Safety Challenge. Open to the entrepreneur community, the challenge offered 10 inventors, selected from 28 challenge submissions, the opportunity to travel from all over the United States and Canada to present their solutions to better protect workers from hazardous noise.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Hearing Protection News Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:28:00 +0000 51141 at <p>The &quot;Hear and Now&quot; Noise Safety Challenge was launched with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.</p> Alyson Fligg/Department of Labor Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images Going Up! Trapped Miners Rescued in New York <div class="field-deck"> Workers trapped in an underground elevator hundreds of feet below ground were freed this morning. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Workers at a Cargill Salt Mines location in upstate New York were freed after having been trapped some 70 stories underground when an elevator broke down. The mine shaft is the deepest salt mine in North America at 2,300 feet.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety News Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000 44741 at <p>Seventeen workers were rescued from a malfunctioning elevator some 800-900 feet below ground at Cargill&#39;s Cayuga Salt Mine in upstate New York.</p> Cargill Agreement With U.S. Department of Justice Gives Bite to OSHA’s Bark in Criminal Cases <div class="field-deck"> OSHA and the U.S. Department of Justice put employers on notice on Dec. 17 that serious jail time could be in their future if employees die as a result of violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and other Department of Labor statutes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At first glance, the case was no different than many other OSHA fatality investigations. An employee suffered a fatal fall, the employer claimed he had issued fall protection to his employees and this particular employee, for whatever reason, wasn&rsquo;t wearing it when he fell.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Safety News Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000 44521 at Thinkstock The Conviction of Don Blankenship: What Does it Mean? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>You have seen the news. The jury convicted Don Blankenship of conspiracy to willfully violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch South Mine (UBB).</p> <p>Such an important case deserves some scrutiny of the details. They are in the federal grand jury indictment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:52:00 +0000 44361 at