Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Definition - What does Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) mean?

An agency of United States Department of Labor that administer the provision of Mine Act accomplishes the compliance with mandatory health and safety standards as a source to eradicate the fatal accidents, to improve the health and safety conditions, to reduce the health hazards and to minimize the severity and frequency of nonfatal accidents in the mines of a nation. It carries out the injunction of Mine Act at all the mineral processing and mining operations in the United States, heedless of number of employees, size, methods of extraction and the commodity mined.

Petropedia explains Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulates the process of mining that employs approximately one safety inspector for every four coal-mines. The MSHA inspectors thoroughly inspects the underground coal-mines at least four times in a year.

The miners, in addition, can report the violations and request for more inspectors wen needed. The instantly reportable injuries and accidents are as follows:

  • If an individual is entrapped for more than 30 minutes.
  • Any injury that can cause death of the individual at a mine.
  • When an individual dies in a mine.
  • When any unplanned inundation of mine takes place by a gas or liquid.
  • When any unplanned explosion or ignition of dust or gas takes place in a mine.
  • When any unplanned explosion or ignition of any explosive or blasting agent takes place in a mine.
  • When outburst of a rock or coal takes plays which causes the withdrawal of miners and hinders the regular mining activity for about an hour or more.
  • When the hoisting equipment gets damaged in a slope or shaft
  • When an event that causes a bodily injury or death of an individual in a mine

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