MSHA Seeks to Improve Mining Safety Equipment

Aug. 2, 2018
Six meetings and a webinar will be held to obtain public input.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is looking to improve safety technology for mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

As part of that effort, it will hold six public steakholder meetings and a webinar throughout August and September. The agency's request for information (RFI) regarding this project was published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2018.  

Mobile equipment at surface operations includes bulldozers, front-end loaders and trucks, while belt conveyors are used to transport materials in surface and underground mines. The RFI is part of a larger initiative that MSHA is undertaking to reduce accidents involving powered haulage – which includes haul trucks, front-end loaders and other large vehicles – as well as belt conveyors.

In addition to soliciting data from stakeholders on technology and practices that can improve safety conditions for miners, MSHA will provide technical assistance and develop best practices and training materials to raise awareness of hazards related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Date/Time Location Contact Number
Aug. 7, 2018
9 a.m. CDT
Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Aug. 9, 2018
9 a.m. CDT
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Dallas-Market Center, 2015 Market Center Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
Aug. 16, 2018
11 a.m. EDT
Webinar (Call-in info available here)
Aug. 21, 2018
9 a.m. PDT
Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
One South Lake St., Reno, NV 89501
Sept. 11, 2018
9 a.m. EDT
National Mine Health and Safety Academy
1301 Airport Road, Beckley, WV 25813



Sept. 20, 2018
9 a.m. EDT
Hilton Albany
40 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207
Sept. 25, 2018
9 a.m. EDT
MSHA Headquarters
201 12th St. South, 4E401, Arlington, VA 22202
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