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From the Mine Safety and Health Administration:

Kidde Co., is recalling 134 models of plastic-handled fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and present day. This action is in concert with an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some extinguishers have been known not to work when needed, others to come apart under pressure – one death has been reported. Some were sold under Kidde's brand, some under the name of other retailers. Kidde will replace all defective models. Below is a link to the CPSC’s website page regarding this recall.

Review the equipment alert here.

Posted In: Health and Safety, MSHA

From the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on Nov. 17, 2016:

Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration

What: MSHA today completed its bi-annual update of its “Data at a Glance,” which shows an all-time low in the number of deaths caused by mine-related injuries for Fiscal Year 2016, and that fatality and injury rates for this period represent the lowest rates ever recorded. It also shows that Calendar Year 2015 was the safest in U.S. mining history. ... more

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Kate Gibson, CBS News

Already in severe economic distress from tumbling demand and plunging energy prices, the nation's beleaguered coal industry started the new year on a tragic note: Three miners died on the job in the first three weeks of 2016.

While it would be a mistake to draw too much from the spate of fatalities, the man in charge of keeping miners safe found the death toll troubling, particularly given the fatal accidents in January follow the two back-to-back safest years in U.S. mining history. ... read more

Posted In: Health and Safety, MSHA, USW
November 16, 2015

Joseph Main Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor Blog

A truck containing explosives caught fire in an underground limestone mine in Missouri. When the explosives detonated, five miners became trapped beneath the rubble. An intense rescue followed, and four miners were successfully extricated. Tragically, one miner died from his injuries.

This scenario, fortunately, never actually happened. It was part of a mine emergency response drill conducted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration at the Central Plains Cement Co. in Sugar Creek, Mo. ... more

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