The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced federal inspectors issued 132 citations and two orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines in December 2016.
MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The agency hit a Lafarge Building Materials Inc. plant in New York especially hard, with 32 citations. Fairmont Santrol's Wedron Silica Co. plant in Illinois was issued nine citations. A New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. operation in Pennsylvania had two citations, while a Simpson Sand & Gravel plant in Washington was issued one order.
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 1,270 impact inspections and issued 17,255 citations, 1,331 orders and 62 safeguards.