Mining Risk Management

MFGunderstands the unique demands and exposures for Mining risks and their owners. Our service platform for the Mining industry tailors a program designed to fit your unique needs. For your risk transfer resource, contact a MFG risk consultant for more information about developing or enhancing your risk management program. As part of its mission to increase miner safety, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has put an increased focus on exposure monitoring in surface and underground metal and nonmetal mines to ensure better worker protection from overexposure to harmful airborne contaminants. Agency efforts include stakeholder outreach, education and training and enhanced implementation of existing standards.

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    Since it influences workplaces in almost every industry across the United States, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation is something you are no doubt familiar with. However, you may be less familiar with the few situations that don’t fall under OSHA’s jurisdiction. In the mining industry, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) replaces OSHA as the regulating body of workplace safety. While you may not work primarily in the mining industry, if you do contract work with mine owners or operators on mine property, you need to know when you are responsible for following MSHA regulations in addition to your OSHA responsibilities.

    More than 30 years ago, an act of Congress gave the MSHA the power to shut down mines that show a pattern of violations—a power that has yet to be used. As part of its plan to force mines to police themselves, the MSHA has recently stated that it will begin taking action to shut down mines that are repeatedly cited with safety violations. This means that multiple citations will not only cost large amounts of money, but could also cause a mine to be shut down, regardless of whether safety improvements were made in the wake of the citations.

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