MSHA: No Mines Eligible for Pattern of Violations Notice in Last Year

Published August 9, 2017

​In a screening conducted from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, none of the more than 13,000 mines in the U.S. met the criteria for a “pattern of violations” (POV) notice, the agency stated in a press release. This marks the third consecutive year since MSHA’s reforms began in 2010 that no mining operation meets the criteria for a POV notice, which is reserved for mines that pose the greatest risk to workers’ safety and health through repeated violations. The agency conducts periodic screenings to identify mines that might warrant a POV notice.

“A number of mine operators have proactively implemented corrective action programs to address specific hazards at their mines to improve miner safety and health, and those efforts are paying off,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Patricia W. Silvey.

MSHA’s final POV rule is intended to strengthen the agency’s ability to respond to dangerous mining conditions and help identify mine operators who demonstrate disregard for worker health and safety. The rule was published in 2013.

Two online tools to help mine operators monitor compliance are available from MSHA: the Monthly Monitoring Tool for Pattern of Violations, which alerts mine operators that they meet the screening criteria and should take appropriate corrective actions, and the S&S Rate Calculator, which allows users to calculate a mine’s significant and substantial (S&S) violation rate for any specific date range.

For more information, visit MSHA’s Pattern of Violations webpage.