A salt mine operated by Morton Salt Inc. last week was hit with a notice from the US Department of Labor for a pattern of violations of mandatory health and safety standards under the federal Mine Safety and Health Act.
The POV notice is the first issued to a US mine operator since 2014.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued the notice after finding that Morton Salt’s Weeks Island Mine and Mill in New Iberia, Louisiana, had a large number of “significant and significant” violations and other health and safety issues, a DOL statement said.
A significant and material violation is one that is reasonably likely to result in serious injury or illness, and a POV notice is considered one of the agency̵7;s most stringent enforcement actions, the statement said.
Regulators said the mine received 82 significant and significant violations from Sept. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2022, of which 32 were issued for the operator’s gross negligence or reckless disregard.
Federal law allows the mine safety regulator to remove miners from sites that receive a POV notice.