Proposed MSHA Rule Targets Mobile Equipment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. The written safety program would include actions mine operators would…

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Virtual Reality Hazard Awareness Training Program Developed

Underground and surface mines can be hazardous places, so when it comes to safety training in the mining profession, the old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. To improve hazard safety instruction, a team at South Dakota Mines has spent the past year developing a virtual reality (VR) training module that mimics a mining environment.

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MSHA Cancels Escapeways Guidance

May 26, 2020 – The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the cancellation of a proposed Program Policy Letter on escapeways and refuges in underground metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA has determined that the proposed clarification is not needed. The proposed Program Policy Letter was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019, (84 FR 36623) for public comment. The guidance…

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Robots and Drones in Underground Aggregates

October 21, 2019 – Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University (WVU) engineers. Ihsan Berk Tulu, assistant professor of mining engineering, along with Jason Gross, Yu Gu and Guilherme Pereira, from the Department…

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ABB Explosive Atmosphere Motor for Underground Mines

An extension to ABB’s low voltage IEC mining motors range is now available with Ex d flameproof protection for use in underground mine (group I) applications such as conveyors, air handling fans and water pumps. Rated from 0.55 to 710 kW in frame sizes IEC 80 to 450, the cast iron motors are an evolution of ABB’s long-life explosive atmosphere…

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MSHA Issues Mine Fatality Data; Convenes Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released a summary of U.S. mining deaths that occurred during the first quarter of 2014. From Jan. 1 to March 31, eight miners died in accidents in the U.S. mining industry. Three were killed in coal mining accidents and five in metal and nonmetal mining accidents. The previous quarter…

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Komatsu, GE Form Company

February 3, 2014 – Komatsu and GE Mining, a division of GE Transportation, announced a new collaboration to develop next generation mining equipment. By combining their expertise in mining equipment and propulsion systems, the companies will help meet the needs of customers and partners worldwide, with an initial focus on developing solutions to increase customer productivity and safety for underground mines. The new company,…

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