MSHA Issues Final Rule for Written Safety Programs Arabia
In recent years, powered haulage equipment and machinery have been the leading causes of serious and fatal mine accidents. “Given the number of serious and fatal machinery and powered haulage accidents that have occurred in recent years, MSHA has worked hard to issue this final rule to enhance safety protections for miners working with and around surface mobile equipment,” said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson. “As MSHA works with the entire mining community to implement the new rule, we strongly encourage everyone to prioritize training and to identify and eliminate machinery and powered haulage hazards that can put miners’ lives and livelihoods at risk.”
The agency said the final rule offers mine operators flexibility to devise a safety program that is appropriate for their specific mining conditions and operations. It becomes effective January 19, 2024, but compliance is not required until July 17, 2024.