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Independent Review of MSHA's Actions at Crandall Canyon Mine

Independent Review of MSHA's Actions at Crandall Canyon Mine

Independent Review of MSHA's Actions at Crandall Canyon

Independent Review of MSHA’s Actions at Crandall Canyon Mine Genwal Resources, Incorporated Huntington, Emery County, Utah Prepared for: Elaine L. Chao Secretary of Labor United States Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20210 By: Earnest C. Teaster, Jr. Joseph W. Pavlovich July 21, 2008

  • Page 3 and 4: Table of Contents REPORT SECTION PA
  • Page 5: Family Liaison.....................
  • Page 9 and 10: INTRODUCTION In August 2007, two ac
  • Page 11 and 12: The accidents that prompted this In
  • Page 13 and 14: MINER Act and Mine Emergency Evacua
  • Page 15 and 16: BACKGROUND The Crandall Canyon Mine
  • Page 17 and 18: ACCIDENT OVERVIEW THE ACCIDENT ON A
  • Page 19 and 20: to deliberate. On August 20 th , th
  • Page 21 and 22: Plan Approval History for Mining in
  • Page 23 and 24: On January 3, 2007, the District re
  • Page 25 and 26: he had concerns about approving thi
  • Page 27 and 28: partial and full barrier pillar ext
  • Page 29 and 30: In addition to the shortcomings of
  • Page 31 and 32: concerning the seal approval for th
  • Page 33 and 34: though Owens conducted on-site eval
  • Page 35 and 36: Conclusion: The consultant’s reco
  • Page 37 and 38: Conclusion: The District Office fai
  • Page 39 and 40: Conclusion: District 9 did not util
  • Page 41 and 42: Section 103(a) Inspections INSPECTI
  • Page 43 and 44: contributed to the high percentages
  • Page 45 and 46: three days before the beginning of
  • Page 47 and 48: inspector asked the representative
  • Page 49 and 50: pillar extraction. After these two
  • Page 51 and 52: unless otherwise stipulated for mor
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    Two of MSHA’s Technical Support r

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    Recommendation: MSHA should respond

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    The District’s MERP specifies tha

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    Communications A major part of any

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    The RCD specialists stated that the

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    There was no protocol established b

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    escue and recovery operation, both

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    Rocprops were chosen by the operato

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    Research Engineer of the NIOSH Pitt

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    they did remember numerous conversa

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    Initial Issuance of § 103(k) Order

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    49, and the provisions of each mine

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    use of photography equipment would

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    of the reporters who went into the

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    MINE RESCUE TEAMS Coal Mine Safety

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    until after the teams had explored

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    Conclusion: Established and histori

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    Later on August 6 th , the company

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    Farmer’s notes also indicate that

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    The following table provides data c

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    esponse. Only random noises were he

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    Stricklin stated that they held out

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    not be able to supply more than one

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    Applying these fundamentals to the

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    Considering this information, the a

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    Risk Analysis 1) The bounces that c

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    Therefore, if a Rocprop near where

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    MSHA’s MINE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

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    Labor sent additional satellite pho

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    MINER Act FAMILY LIAISON Section 7

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    Conclusion: MSHA personnel designat

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    he expected MSHA to take control of

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    the 9:00 a.m. briefing. At this tim

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    Recommendation: During a mine emerg

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    PRIMARY COMMUNICATOR Origin of the

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    Secretary for Mine Safety and Healt

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    happening at the time of the disast

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    After his statement, Stickler answe

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    Recommendation: Consistent with the

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    appropriate personnel from Technica

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    MINER ACT The MINER Act amended the

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    place for the Crandall Canyon Mine

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    It should be noted that the PED sys

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    Conclusion: All operators in Distri

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    • Equipped with directional indic

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    RECENT COAL MINING FATALITIES Durin

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    MSHA allowed its staffing to decrea

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    “The Coal Mine Safety and Health

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    As of this Date # of D9 UG CMIs # o

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    anymore. We can't keep up with thos

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    asked why, district management stat

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    Signature Page This report is submi

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    List of Persons Interviewed Adamson

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    APPENDIX B LIST OF GROUND CONTROL P

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    APPENDIX C INSPECTION ACTIVITY OF C

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    APPENDIX D CRANDALL CANYON BOREHOLE

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    APPENDIX E OXYGEN CONTENT OF AIR: S

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    APPENDIX F PROGRAM POLICY LETTER NO

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    MSHA will develop a pool of qualifi

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    PROGRAM POLICY LETTER NO. P06-V-11

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    EFFECTIVE DATE: 10/24/2006 EXPIRATI

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    will accept a dispatcher system, or

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    in Mine Emergencies and During the

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    L. No. 109-236, June 15, 2006, 120

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    ISSUE DATE: February 8, 2007 PROGRA

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    Within these areas, the supply of b

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    APPENDIX I CRANDALL CANYON MAIN WES

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