Rock Law

MSHA’s Wake Up Call?

MSHA’s Wake Up Call?

AggMan Staff - Jun 07, 2012

A case before the Commission may hold the agency’s feet to the fire. The Congressional directive that the civil penalty provisions ...

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Bad News, Good News, and Really Good News

AggMan Staff - May 01, 2012

A trip to the repair shop leads to insights on geologic formations and thermal expansion valves. By Bill Langer This morning, I ...

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Where is S&S Going?

AggMan Staff - May 01, 2012

If it is upheld, the Cumberland case could expand the designation of S&S violations. By Arthur Wolfson A few years ago, I ...

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More Rules to Live By

AggMan Staff - Apr 01, 2012

MSHA announces the third phase of its ‘Rules to Live By’ initiative. On Jan. 31, 2012, Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main ...

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Rock Science

Rock Science

AggMan Staff - Apr 01, 2012

Consider the impact of the physical and chemical properties of the parts when evaluating the whole. By Bill Langer After I retired ...

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Section 103(k) Shutdowns

Section 103(k) Shutdowns

AggMan Staff - Mar 19, 2012

MSHA’s expansive use of Section 103(k) orders is a derogation of the purpose and intent of an enforcement tool In the ...

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Reassessing Pre-Assessment

- Feb 17, 2012

Operators should be prepared for the return of pre-assessment conferences. By Kristin R. White   On Dec. 1, 2011, the Mine Safety and Health ...

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Rock Law

AggMan Staff - Jan 07, 2012

An Alarming Decision Review Commission ruling increases the burden on mines to maintain automatic warning devices on mobile equipment. In a case ...

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MSHA Suffers a Setback

AggMan Staff - Jan 01, 2012

An administrative law judge applies common sense to a decision related to truck scales and berms.     The last several years have ...

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Rock Law

AggMan Staff - Dec 02, 2011

Advanced Notice Prohibition of ‘advance notice’ must be balanced with the operator’s right to accompany the inspector. Mine Safety and Health Administration ...

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