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MSHA Targets Aggregates, Cement Plants in November


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced federal inspectors issued 152 citations and five orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and seven metal and nonmetal mines in November 2016.

MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Inspection targets included Dragon Products' Thomaston Cement Plant, Specialty Minerals Inc.'s Canaan Plant, Staunton Lime Co., Lakeview Rock Products, Imerys Minerals California Inc.'s Lompoc Plant, and Bruening Rock Products Inc.'s Skyline Construction Mine #1.

These operations accounted for 54 citations and two orders.

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 1,255 impact inspections and issued 17,123 citations, 1,329 orders and 62 safeguards.