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DOL/MSHA RIN: 1219-AB65 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines 
Abstract: This final rule addresses hazards that miners face when working near continuous mining machines in underground coal mines. MSHA has concluded, from investigations of accidents involving continuous mining machines and other reports, that action is necessary to protect miners. Continuous mining machines can pin, crush, or strike a miner working near the equipment. Proximity detection technology can prevent these types of accidents. The final rule would strengthen the protection for underground coal miners by reducing the potential of pinning, crushing, or striking hazards associated with working close to continuous mining machines. As a part of the Secretary's strategy for securing safe and healthy workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will also undertake regulatory action related to reducing injuries and fatalities to workers in close proximity to moving equipment and vehicles. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 30 CFR 75.1732 
Legal Authority: 30 USC 811 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  02/01/2010  75 FR 5009 
RFI Comment Period Ended  04/02/2010   
NPRM  08/31/2011  76 FR 54163 
Notice of Public Hearing  10/12/2011  76 FR 63238 
NPRM Comment Period End  11/14/2011   
Final Action  05/00/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.msha.gov/reginfo.htm   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0  Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0 
Base Year of the Dollar Estimates:   RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
George F. Triebsch
Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances
Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350,
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone:202 693-9449
Fax:202 693-9441
Email: triebsch.george@dol.gov