July mine impact inspections result in 225 citations

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 225 citations and six orders at U.S. mine operations in July.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it conducted the inspections at 15 coal mines and six other mines.

Inspectors issued 13 citations and two orders at Ulrich Gravel, Inc., Ulrich Pit, in Valley County, Nebraska. Violations included a lack of berms or guardrails on mine haulage roads adjacent to bodies of open water.

A miner died in March two days after a loaded haul truck drifted from an elevated roadway into a dredge pond. MSHA says hazards found during the July inspection were similar to those identified following the March accident.

The inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 miners.


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