Tags: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

Jul 01, 2014

Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

by M. Robin Repass With the popularity of social media as a source of communication in today’s workplace, it is essential to construct sound policies to balance an employer’s rights to protect business assets versus an employee’s right to discuss workplace ...

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Ill-Advised Rulemaking

Apr 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com   On April 4, a series of public hearings on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed crystalline silica rulemaking will close, and publication of a final rule will likely follow in short order. The proposed rule ...

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Be Ready to Make a Quick Call

Apr 01, 2014

Be Ready to Make a Quick Call

What is an ‘injury which has a reasonable potential to cause death?’   By Arthur Wolfson   Every day, mine operators across the country work tirelessly to prevent accidents from occurring at their worksites. Yet, when 12 specific types of accidents do occur, mine ...

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Under the Influence

Mar 01, 2014

Under the Influence

Do operators have to take the blame for intoxicated employees?   Amanda E. Ferguson, Contributing Editor   On Jan. 1, 2014, Colorado became the first state to fully decriminalize marijuana. Washington will do the same later this year, and 20 other states have already ...

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Taking Steps Towards Safety

Mar 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com On Feb. 5, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released a new guide on ladder safety designed to provide greater clarity and assistance for complying with MSHA ladder safety standards. Hopefully, the guide will enable operators ...

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MSHA Takes Control

Feb 01, 2014

MSHA Takes Control

Agency expands its use of Section 103(k) orders as the Commission broadens the definition of accident.   By Kristin R.B. White, Contributing Editor   Section 103(k) of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq., (the Mine ...

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Shedding Light on Special Assessments

Sep 01, 2013

Shedding Light on Special Assessments

Operators should be diligent in contesting special assessments and seeking justification for penalty calculations.   by Patrick W. Dennison   In 2007, new penalty regulations were promulgated that increased penalties associated with the citations/orders issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The ...

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The State of S & S

Jul 01, 2013

Through two recent cases, the Review Commission is expanding what can be considered an S&S violation.   By Christopher G. Peterson   Many operators may not be aware of this, but we have been in a state of flux regarding significant and substantial (S&S) ...

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Penalty Primer

Jun 01, 2013

Penalty Primer

Here are some basic guidelines to civil penalties under Section 110(C) of the Mine Act.   by Christopher G. Peterson     Recently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has appeared fairly quiet on the enforcement front. However, what MSHA has lacked in numbers ...

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MSHA Alert: Drill Safety

May 15, 2013

MSHA Alert: Drill Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released an accident prevention alert following a recent injury. The incident involved a roof bolting machine operator who was seriously injured when he was struck by an unrestrained drill steel. MSHA recommends the ...

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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 rate in the history of U.S. mining, with 0.0107 deaths per 200,000 hours worked and a reportable injury rate of ...

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A Flagrant Foul

May 01, 2013

Review Commission issues a troubling decision on “repeated flagrant” violations.   By Arthur Wolfson   The Federal Mine Safety Review Commission recently issued a decision addressing application of the “repeated flagrant” provision of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (the ...

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