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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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MSHA inspection focus: fatality prevention

MSHA inspection focus: fatality prevention

- Apr 01, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently announced a fatality prevention initiative in response to increased fatalities within the ...

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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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