Miner’s Rights

You have a right to:

  • 1) File or make a complaint of an alleged danger or safety or health violation to a Federal or State agency, a mine operator, an operator’s agent or a miner’s representative.
  • 2) Participate in proceedings under the Act such as: testifying, assisting, or participating in any proceeding instituted under the Act, or filing a complaint with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
  • 3) A medical evaluation or to be considered for transfer to another job location because of harmful physical agents and toxic substances. (For example: a coal miner has the right to a chest x-ray and physical examination for black lung disease [pneumoconiosis] and potential transfer to a less dusty position if the miner has a positive diagnosis.)
  • 4) Withdraw yourself from the mine for not having the required health and safety training.
  • 5) Refuse to work in unsafe or unhealthy conditions. NOTE: You must notify the operator of the condition and give them an opportunity to address the situation.
  • 6) Exercise any statutory rights afforded by the Act.