On April 4, 2022, MSHA began a new enhanced enforcement program. Due to the number of fatalities around the country, all citations written under the following standards will be considered and reviewed for a special assessment (increased penalty):
|30 CFR 46.7||New Task Training (with an emphasis on whether supervisors have the appropriate task training)|
|30 CFR 77.1607 (a) and (b)||Loading and haulage equipment; operation.|
|30 CFR 56/57.9101||Operating speeds and control of equipment|
|30 CFR 56/57.14131||Seat belts for surface haulage trucks|
|30 CFR 56/57.14207||Parking procedures for unattended equipment|
|30 CFR 56/57/14100(a)||Inspection of mobile equipment|
|30 CFR 77.1606(a)||Inspection of mobile equipment|
|30 CFR 77.1605(b)||Mobile equipment: brakes|
|30 CFR 56/57.14101(a)(3)||Brakes|
|30 CFR 46.11||Site-specific hazard awareness training|
At the time of publishing this blog post, there is no information on this enhanced enforcement program on the MSHA website.
Operators should continue to audit compliance with the above-mentioned standards, which would include an audit of training paperwork. Mine operators should also continue re-training or offering refresher training on these standards in line-out meetings or other meetings where appropriate.
Please contact Husch Blackwell’s Safety & Health team with any questions about this enhanced enforcement program.