Rock Law

Costly Claims

AggMan Staff - Jan 01, 2013

Operators may pay the price for MSHA’s new emphasis on discrimination enforcement.   by Michelle Witter   Citing the Upper Big Branch disaster, MSHA’s ...

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Ugly Decision in Black Beauty

AggMan Staff - Dec 01, 2012

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission approves heightened scrutiny, and less clarity, over proposed settlements.   By Ben McFarland   Most who are ...

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MSHA Isn’t Held to a Timetable

AggMan Staff - Nov 01, 2012

The Commission declines to enforce its own deadline for MSHA to file petitions for assessment.   by K. Brad Oakley   In the June ...

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Reining in Reinstatement Claims

AggMan Staff - Oct 04, 2012

Sixth Circuit overrides Secretary of Labor on temporary reinstatement of terminated miners.   by Meredith A. Kapushion   Mine operators and miners familiar with ...

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MSHA’s Evolving Authority

MSHA’s Evolving Authority

AggMan Staff - Sep 01, 2012

The agency’s ever-changing role merits another look at its boundaries for inspection and investigation.   By Laura E. Beverage and Christopher G. ...

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MSHA expands its access to records

MSHA expands its access to records

AggMan Staff - Aug 01, 2012

Commission’s decision requires operators to hand over miners’ information, including documents not required to be retained.   Mine operators now have less ...

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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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