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Mind Regulations When It Is Time To Mine

The Department of Labor recently issued a reminder to employers involved in the mining industry. As spring (slowly) approaches, surface mines will reopen. As miners head back to the job site and prepare equipment for the new season, potential for injury is high.

Of the 12,000 metal and nonmetal mines overseen by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”), almost half are operated on a seasonal basis, closing for winter when conditions make operations too difficult. According to MSHA information, injuries at seasonal mines climb sharply in the spring. MSHA is vested with the power to enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents; to minimize health hazards; and to promote improved safety and health conditions in the Nation's mines.

Miner operators and managers should review safety information available at www.msha.gov and take the time to educate employees on the numerous hazards associated with the job. Always keep in mind that employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace; employee injuries are not only detrimental to operations, but can be costly – both financially and reputation-wise. If you are a manager or operator and have questions about state or federal regulations for your mining operations, contact a McBrayer labor and employment attorney today.

B. Johnson

Brandon K. Johnson is an Associate in the Louisville, KY office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC. Mr. Johnson practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense, employment law, and general litigation. He can be reached at bjohnson@mmlk.com or at (502) 327-5400, ext. 2313.

This article is intended as a summary of state and federal law and does not constitute legal advice.

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