Tags: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

GUEST BLOG: Inspector liability for flawed inspections raises concerns

Mar 06, 2013

GUEST BLOG: Inspector liability for flawed inspections raises concerns

by Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP What could be worse than having the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) show up to conduct a hazard complaint-based inspection? Having this occur where the inspectors themselves can be held personally liable if they ...

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MSHA says inspections have made mines safer

Mar 04, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that federal inspectors issued 245 citations and 13 orders during special impact inspections conducted at nine coal mines and six metal/non-metal mines in January 2013. The monthly inspections involve mines ...

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The Pattern of Violation Rule

Mar 01, 2013

Is it more effective enforcement or simply another regulatory morass?   by  Laura E. Beverage and Michelle Witter   On Jan. 17, 2013, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released its final rule amending the existing regulations governing Pattern of Violations (POV), 30 ...

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MSHA: Report released on contract driller fatality

Feb 19, 2013

MSHA: Report released on contract driller fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released a report on a Nov. 1 fatality involving a contract driller with six years of experience (click here to see the full report). The 30-year-0ld driller was apparently attempting to thread a ...

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Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

Feb 14, 2013

Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

For daily news updates and web-exclusive news items, visit the “AggBeat” section of our website at www.aggman.com ‘Animal feed’ segment can be a compelling outlet in uncertain economic times.   by Tina Grady Barbaccia, News and Digital Editor tgbarbaccia@randallreilly.com     In a challenging economy, creating ...

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GUEST BLOG POST: Aggregates case addresses highwall safety, guarding issues

Feb 05, 2013

GUEST BLOG POST: Aggregates case addresses highwall safety, guarding issues

Two of the more subjective standards that are commonly cited by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) concern appropriate guarding of moving machine parts and stability of highwalls at aggregate operations. In a January 2013 ruling in Allied Stone ...

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MSHA: Fatality rates at all-time low for second straight year

Feb 04, 2013

Preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released on Jan. 31 indicates that, in 2012, mining fatality rates reached an all-time low for the second straight year. Fatality rates are calculated based on the number of mining ...

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Proper Dredge Maintenance Yields Higher Profits

Feb 01, 2013

Proper Dredge Maintenance Yields Higher Profits

Four key tasks should be part of a dredge maintenance plan to help ensure long-term operation.   Proper equipment maintenance is the key to long-term success, since it reduces production uncertainty by increasing availability, reducing energy consumption, decreasing or eliminating environmental and ...

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Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

Feb 01, 2013

Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

For daily news updates and web-exclusive news items, visit the “AggBeat” section of our website at www.aggman.com   ‘Animal feed’ segment can be a compelling outlet in uncertain economic times.   by Tina Grady Barbaccia, News and Digital Editor tgbarbaccia@randallreilly.com     In a challenging economy, creating additional ...

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MSHA wins two on jurisdiction issues

Jan 07, 2013

MSHA wins two on jurisdiction issues

Two recent decisions confirm what many in the mining industry have suspected for a while: the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is branching out from "traditional mining" and seeking new venues and employers to take enforcement actions again, even where ...

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Loader Maintenance from the Ground Up

Jan 01, 2013

Loader Maintenance from the Ground Up

Keeping safety first and productivity high is the ultimate goal of any maintenance program. By Debbie McClung   Mines and quarries represent some of the most demanding conditions for wheel loaders. Ground-engaging tools, engines, cooling systems, and tires endure long hours in challenging ...

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Information Library

Jan 01, 2013

Information Library

Educational materials for aggregates professionals   by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor kclines@randallreilly.com     Operator training   A complete and scalable solution for development of mining equipment operators blends eLearning, instructor-led training, medium- and high-fidelity simulators, and customized content and curriculum. The new tools and technologies include the ...

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