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MSHA News Release No. 95-004
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

January 9, 1995

SAFETY VIOLATIONS NOTED AT CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA SURFACE MINES

Mines in California and Nevada are among those where inspectors taking a close look at trucks and other mobile surface equipment found more than 500 serious violations of federal mine safety rules in a special nationwide series of inspections last month.

During special visits last month to check haulage equipment at a sample of 362 mines in 33 states, braking system defects were the most common violation, found on 119 trucks and other types of mobile mine equipment used on the surface. Inoperative or missing backup alarms, steering defects, tire defects, oil or fuel leaks and multiple equipment defects also accounted for a large number of serious violations.

MSHA inspected six Nevada mines and cited one for serious violations. The agency issued two citations in California following inspections of 15 mines.

Safety defects, including bad brakes, were the most frequent common factor in 92 surface haulage deaths from 1989 through 1993. MSHA recently announced a series of seminars on haulage safety, including brake inspection and maintenance, to be held in mining areas throughout the country. The Reno seminar will be held in the University of Nevada's Scrugham Hall in Room 101 beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. For information on other seminars, mining personnel are encouraged to contact their area MSHA office.