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Will 2016 bring more criminal prosecutions under the DOL/DOJ worker safety initiative?

Will 2016 bring more criminal prosecutions...

- Feb 10, 2016

Just prior to the end of 2015, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Labor (DOL) announced an expanded “worker endangerment ...

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Discrimination claims on the rise

Discrimination claims on the rise

- Jan 10, 2016

Discrimination complaints under the Mine Act have become more commonplace in recent years, with the number of filed complaints increasing ...

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The Review Commission may have provided a roadmap for POV litigation

The Review Commission may have provided a...

- Dec 30, 2015

The Review Commission vacated ALJ Moran’s decision in Brody Mining, LLC, sending the case back for further proceedings after concluding ...

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Close the new backdoor to task training enforcement

Close the new backdoor to task training...

- Nov 26, 2015

It is no secret that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has recently increased its workplace examination enforcement efforts. ...

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Tips for meeting MSHA’s tougher criteria for workplace examinations

Tips for meeting MSHA’s tougher...

- Oct 05, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently announced that it was “beefing up” its inspections, enforcement activity, and training ...

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Who needs rulemaking?

Who needs rulemaking?

- Sep 02, 2015

Amajor focus of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) fatality prevention initiative, announced on Jan. 30, 2015, is workplace ...

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ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

- Aug 09, 2015

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently deleted a flagrant designation brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) against ...

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Will a new Supreme Court ruling mean put an end to the doctrine of deference?

Will a new Supreme Court ruling mean put an...

- Jul 05, 2015

In the October 2011 edition of Aggregates Manager, I wrote an article entitled “No Notice Required: MSHA’s disregard for rulemaking ...

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Coming attractions: Crystalline silica rulemaking

Coming attractions: Crystalline silica...

- Jun 02, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) current standards limit exposures to quartz (crystalline silica) in respirable dust. The metal ...

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MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may...

- May 01, 2015

During a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 25, 2015, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) unveiled a new online web ...

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