The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) frequently cites mine operators for violations of its Safety Defects standard, i.e. 30 C.F.R. § 56.14100. In 2007, it was the fifth most cited standard by MSHA at stone operations and the eighth most-cited standard at sand and gravel operations. MSHA often treats 30 C.F.R. § 56.14100 as a “catch-all” standard, citing it when no other standard seems to apply, particularly following an accident involving machinery, equipment, or tools. MSHA also seems to find a way to cite the standard whenever it finds anything at all wrong on a piece of mobile equipment. None of this will likely come as any surprise to a mine operator in the aggregatess industry. However, with a basic understanding of the standard, you can minimize your chances of receiving one of these citations.
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Reprinted with permission from Aggregates Manager