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House Oversight Hearing of MSHA

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on “Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).”  The sole witness was Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David G. Zatezalo.  Subcommittee Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) stressed that mine safety remains a priority of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, highlighting an interest in examining the regulatory agenda of MSHA and how MSHA intends to work with industry stakeholders to promote policies and practices that protect mine workers and encourage economic growth.  His opening remarks can be accessed through this link.  Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) observed that this was the first hearing the subcommittee has held on MSHA in approximately 2½ years.  He highlighted a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association identifying a high incidence of progressive massive fibrosis in patients in Black Lung clinics in southern West Virginia, a theme taken up by other subcommittee Democrats.  During his testimony, Assistant Secretary Zatezalo discussed the current state of workplace safety within the mining industry, and how MSHA can strengthen American mining and ensure worker safety.  He highlighted a personal interest in addressing recent fatalities associated with powered haulage equipment.  His written testimony can be accessed through this link.


Tags:  Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo  House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections  MSHA 

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