West Virginia Lawyers: MSHA Regulations And Violations

Training Plans Are Required

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires mine operators throughout the country to create approved miner training plans in order to minimize the number of accidents and injuries. These plans must include:

  • 40 hours of safety and health training for underground miners who lack prior experience
  • 24 hours of safety and health training for surface miners who lack prior experience
  • Eight hours of refresher training on safety and health issues for miners every year
  • Safety and health training related to any new tasks to which miners are assigned

The Federal Mine Safety And Health Act Of 1977

Miners in West Virginia and throughout the U.S. have certain legal rights. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 applies to you whether you work underground or are a truck driver, demolition worker, supervisor or other individual employed at the site. The act states that you have the right to:

  1. File a complaint about any suspected danger or safety or health violation
  2. Testify, assist or participate in any proceeding instituted under the act or file a complaint with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  3. Obtain a medical examination for harmful or toxic substances (such as an X-ray for black lung disease) or potentially be transferred to another job location
  4. Withdraw from the mine if you do not have the required health and safety training
  5. Refuse to work in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, as long as you notify the mine operators and allow them to correct the situation
  6. Exercise any statutory rights under the act

Call Our Attorneys For Mine Safety And Health Administration Regulations

To learn more about your rights as a West Virginia mining employee, turn to Warner Law Offices in Charleston, West Virginia. Our attorneys are skilled in MSHA regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations and other legal issues pertaining to the mining industry. Schedule a free consultation by calling a lawyer today at 304-345-6789 or 866-344-4460, or send us an email.