Immediate Notification of Accidents

posted Apr 6, 2010, 5:56 AM by David Wright

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a direct final rule and a companion proposed rule for parts 50 and 100 on December 29, 2009.  MSHA stated that the Agency would withdraw the direct final rule if the Agency received significant adverse comments.  Because the Agency did not receive any significant adverse comment, the direct final rule became effective.


Comments on the direct final rule and the proposal indicate that some members of the mining industry misunderstood the Agency’s intent.  For clarification, the Agency intends that the phrase, “Any other accident,” as used in § 50.10(d) refers to:

     •   An entrapment of an individual for more than 30 minutes; and

     •   Any other accident as defined in § 50.2(h)(4)-(12).