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Information wins liability cases

Information wins liability cases

- Mar 01, 2015

Because the Mine Act is a strict liability statute, liability is not attributed to an operator in the way many ...

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MSHA statistics and alerts scrutinize safety practices

MSHA statistics and alerts scrutinize safety...

- Jan 05, 2015

There have been 25 fatalities at metal and non-metal (M/NM) operations from October 2013 through August 2014 — a marked ...

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OSHA seeks stakeholder input on PELs

OSHA seeks stakeholder input on PELs

- Dec 01, 2014

On Oct. 9, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it would launch a national dialogue with stakeholders ...

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Challenges continue on POV rule

Challenges continue on POV rule

- Nov 01, 2014

In January 2013, the final Pattern of Violations (POV) rule was announced by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). ...

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Bigger penalties ahead

Bigger penalties ahead

- Oct 01, 2014

On July 31, MSHA published proposed revisions to the current criteria and procedures for assessment of civil penalties.  79 Fed. ...

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Denial of walk around rights during impact inspection may lead to vacated citations

Denial of walk around rights during impact...

- Sep 01, 2014

Denial of walkaround rights during impact inspection may lead to vacated citations.    Since April 2010, the Mine Safety and Health Administration ...

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Miner’s discrimination complaints:  What’s an operator to do?

Miner’s discrimination complaints: ...

- Aug 05, 2014

This article has been contributed by Max L. Corley, III. Mine operators across the United States are facing an unprecedented number ...

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Crucial Clarification of “Repeated Flagrant” Provision

Crucial Clarification of “Repeated...

AggMan Staff - Aug 01, 2014

Recent orders by ALJ explain criteria for flagrant violations. by Adam J. Schwendeman In March 2013, the Federal Mine Safety and Health ...

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Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

Is your social media policy in need of a...

- Jul 01, 2014

by M. Robin Repass With the popularity of social media as a source of communication in today’s workplace, it is essential ...

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Who files contract injury reports?

Who files contract injury reports?

- Jun 01, 2014

Who files injury reports depends on who is directly supervising the contract worker, at least for now.   By Christopher G. Peterson   Recently, ...

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