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Mine inspections uncover 246 violations in 10 states


The U.S. Department of Labor said impact inspections at 14 mines in 10 states throughout August uncovered a total of 246 workplace safety violations.

The inspections, completed by the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, found 94 significant and substantial violations and 17 violations found to have unwarrantable failure findings, the DOL said.

Significant and substantial violations are those likely to cause a reasonably serious injury or illness, and violations deemed unwarrantable failures occur when there is aggravated conduct rising above the negligence level.

The August inspections were carried out at mines in Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Monthly impact inspections are done at mines requiring increased regulatory attention and enforcement due to poor compliance history, a history of previous accidents and injuries, and due to other workplace safety concerns, according to the DOL.