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ANNUAL COAL REPORTS
MINE INSPECTION REPORTS
Indiana law requires an inspection of each underground mine at least once per quarter by the Bureau of Mines. The Assistant Commissioner and Chief Mine Inspector of the Bureau of Mines, who are certified mine formen, conducts these inspections. The federal inspectors of MSHA conduct much more frequent inspections of each mine.
Mine Inspection Reports
OTHER MINING NEWS
Bureau of Mine's Preliminary Accident Report for Fatality at Gibson Mine March 25, 2014
Bureau of Mine's Final Accident Report for Fatality at Prosperity Mine October 11, 2013
MSHA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Interstate Mining Compact Commission to Coordinate Timely Communication
Bureau of Mine's Final Report January 20, 2009 for Fatality at Gibson Mine June 3, 2008
June 2008 Indiana Mine Rescue Association Contest
Bureau of Mine's Preliminary Accident Report for Fatality at Gibson Mine June 3, 2008
The Bureau of Mines, on April 25, 2008, completed three of four command center training drills involving each of Indiana’s underground coal mines. Training in smoke, fire, confined space, underground rescue team practice, and command center practice in collaboration with MSHA officials, law enforcement officials, Bureau of Mine officials and mock press and family briefings was undertaken. Federal and state Department of Labor officials were also present to observe the drill.
The Bureau of Mines was awarded a $50,000 competitive federal grant from MSHA in September 2007 for enhanced command center training for Indiana’s underground coal mines. The training is being conducted quarterly, and includes mock command center drills and additional underground training for mine rescue teams. The Bureau of Mines was a co-recipient of the grant together with Vincennes University where the federally funded miner refresher training is located.
Bureau of Mine's March 3, 2008 Final Accident Report for Gibson Mine/Frontier Kemper Fatalities of August 10, 2007
Bureau of Mine's Preliminary Accident Report for Fatality at Gibson Mine August 10, 2007
Indiana Coal Mining Laws (NEW) 8.5 X 11
Indiana Coal Mining Laws (NEW) Booklet
Indiana Coal Mine Safety Statistics PowerPoint August 2007
Coal mining is regulated under a comprehensive federal safety law (Federal Mine Safety and Health Act) that is administered by the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
- Underground coal mines are thoroughly inspected at least four times a year.
- With 584 coal mine inspectors - about one for every four coal mines - MSHA spends on average over 200 hours annually inspecting each coal mine.
- MSHA and its inspectors:
- issue citations and establish a time frame for correcting violations;
- remove miners from all or part of a mine in the face of hazardous conditions or repeated failures to correct violations; and
- levy fines that increase with the severity of the violation.
- Coal miners can report violations and can request additional inspections and cannot lose their jobs for doing so.