Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

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Emergencies

To report an accident or a hazardous condition, call 800-746-1553.

MSHA’s toll-free emergency line is staffed 24 hours a day. Call this number to immediately report a mining accident or a hazardous condition at a mine, an impoundment, or an abandoned mine.

Hazardous conditions may be reported anonymously by calling the above number or online through MSHA’s Hazardous Condition Complaint system.

En español: Reportar una condición peligrosa en una mina.

Accidents

Mine operators are required by law to report all mining accidents immediately – within 15 minutes of when the operator knew or should have known about the accident. See how MSHA defines an accident below:

  1. A death of an individual at a mine;
  2. An injury to an individual at a mine which has a reasonable potential to cause death;
  3. An entrapment of an individual for more than thirty minutes or which has a reasonable potential to cause death;
  4. An unplanned inundation of a mine by a liquid or gas;
  5. An unplanned ignition or explosion of gas or dust;
  6. In underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within 10 minutes of discovery; in surface mines and surface areas of underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within 30 minutes of discovery;
  7. An unplanned ignition or explosion of a blasting agent or an explosive;
  8. An unplanned roof fall at or above the anchorage zone in active workings where roof bolts are in use; or, an unplanned roof or rib fall in active workings that impairs ventilation or impedes passage;
  9. A coal or rock outburst that causes withdrawal of miners or which disrupts regular mining activity for more than one hour;
  10. An unstable condition at an impoundment, refuse pile, or culm bank which requires emergency action in order to prevent failure, or which causes individuals to evacuate an area; or, failure of an impoundment, refuse pile, or culm bank;
  11. Damage to hoisting equipment in a shaft or slope which endangers an individual or which interferes with use of the equipment for more than thirty minutes; and
  12. An event at a mine which causes death or bodily injury to an individual not at the mine at the time the event occurs.

Hazardous Conditions

You do not need to identify yourself when reporting a hazardous condition!

Miners, their representatives, and members of the general public may call the MSHA emergency line to report a hazardous condition at a mine, an impoundment, or an abandoned mine. Please provide as much information as possible, including the name of the mine and the mine operator, and its location. A hazardous condition may also be reported online

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