MSHA announced the publication of a proposed rule to enhance the quality of workplace examinations in metal and nonmetal mines around the country. From January 2010 through mid-December 2015, 122 miners died at metal and nonmetal mines. More than 60 percent of those deaths were linked to the “Rules to Live By” standards, violations of which are known to most frequently cause mining deaths. The new proposed rule requires that:
- A competent person examine the working place before miners begin work in that location.
- Mine operators promptly notify miners of any conditions that may adversely affect their safety or health.
- A competent person sign and date the examination record before the end of each shift. The examination record must include a description of locations examined, conditions found and corrective actions taken.
- Records must be made available for inspection by MSHA and miners’ representatives, and operators must provide a copy of the records upon request.
Read more via Workers’ Compensation Institute 360 here.