MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph Main said that operator compliance is up, stating that the percentage of inspections resulting in zero citations rose to 25 percent in 2015 from an average of 20 percent.

Main proudly announced the news at a Dec. 1 stakeholder meeting at MSHA headquarters in Arlington, Va. To further illustrate improved compliance, he said that only one facility qualified for a Pattern of Violation (POV) designation but a subsequent review of that facility showed it did not deserve POV status. The agency highlighted some NSSGA members that have implemented innovative programs to boost compliance.

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For additional information on the stakeholder meeting, contact Joseph Casper at (703)526-1074 or

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