Tags: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Appeals court reverses FMSHRC on temporary reinstatement

Sep 04, 2012

Appeals court reverses FMSHRC on temporary reinstatement

On Aug. 14, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling on the issue of whether a miner whose complaint was dismissed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) — but who availed himself ...

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MSHA’s Evolving Authority

Sep 01, 2012

MSHA’s Evolving Authority

The agency’s ever-changing role merits another look at its boundaries for inspection and investigation.   By Laura E. Beverage and Christopher G. Peterson     In last month’s Rock Law column, a Jackson Kelly associate discussed how the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission’s ...

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One-on-one with MSHA’s Joe Main

Aug 20, 2012

I had an interesting conversation with MSHA's Joe Main. He spoke extensively about the progress MSHA has made in regard to consistency training for field inspectors and touted the progress made through MSHA's partnerships with the NSSGA and state aggregate ...

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When is an accident ‘immediately reportable?’ A judge weighs in…

Jul 31, 2012

When is an accident ‘immediately reportable?’ A judge weighs in…

A pair of recent decisions show how complex it can be to analyze whether an incident is immediately reportable, and whether the $5,000 mandatory minimum penalty has any latitude for lower penalties in light of mitigating circumstances. Under the MINER Act ...

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MSHA midyear mine fatality update: 19 miners died

Jul 19, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on June 19 released a midyear summary of mining deaths across the country. During the first half of 2012, 19 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines. Among ...

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MSHA’s “Voices in the Workplace” project solicits comments, due July 12

Jul 11, 2012

MSHA’s “Voices in the Workplace” project solicits comments, due July 12

A project by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to elicit input from workers in mining workplaces is underway, and the agency has solicited comment on the initiative, as well as on a 50-plus question survey that some may ...

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Man dies in operating jaw crusher, MSHA reports

Jul 01, 2012

Wesley J. Sherwood Jr., crusher feed controller, age 22, was killed on Dec.15, 2011, when he fell into an operating jaw crusher, according to a report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Sherwood was last seen standing on ...

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Walk the Walk

Jul 01, 2012

Nearly everyone has heard the phrase, ‘If you can’t walk the walk, don’t talk the talk.’ Those words echoed through my mind as I read a copy of the letter sent by Sen. John Kline (R-Minn.), who serves as chairman ...

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Aggregates Manager Pull-out Guide: Keep a Clean House

Jul 01, 2012

Aggregates Manager Pull-out Guide:  Keep a Clean House

       Housekeeping Heightens Safety   It seems like such a little thing: keeping a clean house. But failure to do a minimum of housekeeping leads to some of the most common citations from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). More importantly, it ...

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Commission approves expansive reach of MSHA document requests

Jun 02, 2012

Commission approves expansive reach of MSHA document requests

In the current Administration, both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have fixated on the issue of determining whether employers are underreporting injuries and occupational illnesses. This has lead to certain ...

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Visual Communication

May 01, 2012

Visual Communication

Good signage can help keep work environments safe in mines and quarries. By Martin Carter No matter how well a mine or quarry has attended to safety, going through a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or WorkSafe ...

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Equipment defect citation vacated in ‘ready line’ case

Apr 30, 2012

Equipment defect citation vacated in ‘ready line’ case

    On April 1, 2012, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) launched phase three of its "Rules to Live By" campaign, which now includes six additional standards for metal/non-metal mines that will be aggressively enforced, presumptively "significant and substantial" (S&S), ...

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