The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a batch of citations Friday. Thirteen mines were cited for safety violations, but one mine has been the most consistently cited. That mine is in Kentucky.
The most problematic of the nation’s 14,500 mines in the past year has been Left Fork Mining Co.’s Straight Creek No. 1 Mine in Bell County, Ky. MSHA has ordered it to close 92 times between Nov. 1, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2010.
Inspectors seem to have hope that citations can curb violations.
“One of the lessons we’ve learned is that business as usual won’t change the behavior of mine operators who game the system and refuse to take seriously their responsibility for miners’ safety and health,” said agency chief Joe Main. “This has been a wake-up call for even the most resistant mine operators.”