Department of Labor January 15, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2015-00319
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-01-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) final rule requires underground coal mine operators to equip continuous mining machines, except full-face continuous mining machines, with proximity detection systems. Miners working near continuous mining machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that result in accidents involving life-threatening injuries and death. This final rule strengthens protections for miners by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing, or striking accidents in underground coal mines.