Mine Safety:

Federal Efforts To Improve Inspections and Injury Reporting

HRD-87-115BR: Published: Sep 14, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1987.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) inspection practices and injury reporting to assess MSHA: (1) progress toward completing mandatory regular inspections; (2) mechanisms to assess inspection quality; and (3) efforts to verify mine operators' injury reporting.

GAO found that: (1) since 1985, MSHA has improved its completion of mandatory inspections to 97 percent and increased inspection hours by 21 percent; (2) some MSHA officials believed that emphasis on completion of inspections could compromise inspection quality; (3) MSHA is taking steps to improve its ability to assess inspection quality; (4) mine operators blamed significant underreporting of mine-related injuries on unclear MSHA guidelines, but MSHA revised the guidelines to better define reporting responsibilities and reportable injuries; (5) MSHA is using state-provided workers' compensation data to verify and monitor compliance with its injury reporting guidelines; and (6) in 1987, MSHA began issuing severe penalties for negligence and underreporting.

Oct 10, 2018

Oct 9, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

May 9, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

Dec 21, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

Nov 20, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here