Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines; Proposed Rule: Reopening of Rulemaking Record; Extension of Comment Period

Posted on: January 9, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish a notice in the Federal Register reopening the record and extending the comment period for Proximity Detection Systems for Mobile Machines in Underground Mines (80 FR 53070).  The proposed rule would require underground coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with proximity detection systems.  Miners working near these machines face pinning, crushing, and striking hazards that result in accidents involving life-threatening injuries and death. 

MSHA is reopening the rulemaking record to request information and data on issues raised by commenters during the comment period and on issues and observations that developed after the record closed on December 15, 2015.  The notice extends the comment period for 30 days.  The information and data received during the comment period will inform MSHA’s final rule.

The notice is available for viewing at the Office of the Federal Register, Public Inspection Desk.