MSHA’s Enforcement Focus on Structural Integrity at Cement Operations
As a result of high profile accidents around the country involving structural failures, MSHA has placed a greater emphasis in its inspections on evaluating the structural integrity of silos, bins, buildings, and conveyors. This has had a particular impact on cement plants. These enforcement evaluations tend to follow a familiar pattern beginning with general observations and concerns by inspectors, demands for third party examination, and moving to comprehensive analyses by MSHA technical support engineers. These issues can be difficult to resolve and often include requests for internal documents, allegations of unwarrantable failure and failure to timely abate. This presentation will discuss recent cases and offer some insight into how to effectively navigate the pitfall that can arise.