August 10, 2015 – MSHA has issued a special alert on steel storage bins and hoppers. Steel storage bins can hold a large amount of material and if they fail, the consequences can be fatal, the agency said. From 2012 to 2014, there have been 5 reported failures in the U.S. mining industry. Bin failures are often preventable with periodic inspection and maintenance. The following common deficiencies can lead to structural failure and bin collapse, placing miners at risk of fatal injuries caused by crushing, pinning and entrapment. Download the agency’s hazard announcement here.