Commission Expands MSHA’s Jurisdiction, Finds Equipment Shop
Meets Definition of a Mine
At a recent meeting, MSHA affirmed a judge’s decision that a
mining equipment maintenance and fabrication shop that is operated off site by
a mining company falls within the definition of a mine and is subject to all
MSHA rules and regulations.
While this decision may appear to expand MHSA’s jurisdiction
and require you to revise your current policies and procedures for off site
shops, the Michigan MSHA office has been following this definition for a number
Therefore, this serves as a reminder that if you have an
equipment or fabrication shop (or portion of any off set shop that is dedicated
to mining equipment) the same MSHA rules and regulations apply to the off site
location just as if the shop was located within the mine.
If you have any questions, please contact the MAA office.
Click here to read a summary of the recent MSHA findings