Nine coal mines and four metal/nonmetal mines were issued multiple citations and orders during special impact inspections last month by federal inspectors.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that those inspectors issued a total of 149 citations and 16 orders.
One impact inspection conducted at Affinity Coal Company LLC’s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County resulted in 13 citations, 10 unwarrantable failure orders and one imminent danger order.
The imminent danger order was issued when a foreman was seen riding as a passenger in the bucket of a rubber-tired scoop in a wet, rough and uneven entry. The Affinity Mine had already suffered two fatalities involving scoops this year.
Five of the unwarrantable failure orders were issued for violations of the mine’s ventilation plan. One other unwarrantable failure order was issued for a violation of the roof control plan where the operator did not install reflectors to signal the last row of roof supports.
The mines inspected last month are those that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns.
The monthly inspections have been conducted since April 2010 after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.