Regulatory Roundup

MSHA Workplace Examinations a Front Burner Issue for Metal and Non-metal Mines

MSHA Workplace Examinations a Front Burner...

- Jun 01, 2015

In late 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published its regulatory agenda for 2015. MSHA will consider how ...

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MSHA steps up enforcement and education

MSHA steps up enforcement and education

- Mar 01, 2015

Regulators and operators should feel a sense of urgency when it comes to reversing the spike in metal/non-metal fatalities. That ...

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MSHA Issues Guidance on POV Corrective Action Programs

MSHA Issues Guidance on POV Corrective Action...

- Apr 15, 2014

MSHA’s Pattern of Violations (POV) saga continues. On April 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health ...

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Manager Dodges Liability for Defective Equipment

Manager Dodges Liability for Defective...

- Nov 25, 2013

A recent decision by Administrative Law Judge Manning demonstrates that even where the mine operator has paid the fine for ...

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Guest Blog: MSHA’s Right to Private Information Expanded

Guest Blog: MSHA’s Right to Private...

- Sep 17, 2013

The Mine Safety & Health Administration’s (MSHA) broad warrantless rights to inspection mines and to demand information have been further ...

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Guest Blog: First Amendment Yields to Miners’ Rights under Section 105(c)

Guest Blog: First Amendment Yields to...

- Jul 22, 2013

A coal company’s attempt to sue a miner who has a pending Section 105(c) “whistleblower” claim has ended in defeat ...

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Guest Blog: ALJ Affirms Driller’s Work Practices

Guest Blog: ALJ Affirms Driller’s Work...

- Jun 04, 2013

On May 31, 2013, ALJ Rae issued a decision affirming work practices by a contract driller at an aggregates operation ...

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Guest Blog: FMSHRC redefines “flagrant violation”

Guest Blog: FMSHRC redefines “flagrant...

- May 06, 2013

In a precedential decision, the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission (FMSHRC) has reversed an Administrative Law Judge’s ruling ...

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Keep Safety in Mind

- May 01, 2013

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com   According to data released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 2012 had the lowest fatality ...

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GUEST BLOG: Byrd Mine Safety Act: Different Lyrics But Same Old Song

GUEST BLOG: Byrd Mine Safety Act: Different...

- Apr 03, 2013

It's Ba-ack! On March 17, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and 17 other democratic co-sponsors introduced HR 1373, the Robert C. ...

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