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MSHA announces results of December 2012 impact inspections

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration Thursday announced that federal inspectors issued 150 citations and nine orders during special impact inspections conducted at eight coal mines and three metal/nonmetal mines last month.

MSHA issued 13 citations and five orders at Dorchester Enterprises Inc.'s No. 4 Mine No. 4 in Wise County, Va. Violations included failing to follow an approved ventilation plan and accumulation of combustible material.

MSHA also issued 28 citations at the Azarco LLC Ray Mine, a surface copper ore operation in Gila County, Ariz. Among the violations were exposing miners to fall hazards and failing to provide insulating material to prevent electrical shock.

The monthly inspections, which began in force in April 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. These matters include high numbers of violations or closure orders; frequent hazard complaints or hotline calls; plan compliance issues; inadequate workplace examinations; a high number of accidents, injuries or illnesses; fatalities; adverse conditions such as increased methane liberation, faulty roof conditions and inadequate ventilation; and respirable dust.

You can learn more about the latest inspections by clicking this link.