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MSHA Hits Aggregates, Cement Plants With Impact Inspections


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced federal inspectors issued 130 citations and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines in October 2016.

MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Aggregates and cement operations inspected were Pete Lien and Sons Inc.'s Owl Canyon Quarry & Mill in Colorado; Lehigh Cement Co.'s Evansville Plant in Pennsylvania; and Graymont's Pleasant Gap Plant in Pennsylvania.

MSHA issued a combined 17 citations at the plants.

Monthly impact inspections began in force in April 2010 at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. Since then, MSHA inspectors have conducted 1,238 impact inspections and issued 16,971 citations, 1,324 orders and 62 safeguards.