You Can’t Inspect Here! How Far Reaching is MSHA’s Jurisdiction?
- Created: Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:55
- Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:55
By Donna Vetrano Pryor
Have you noticed a recent trend of MSHA inspectors issuing citations to delivery truck drivers at the mine office or the shop? These citations range from alleged training violations (for the drivers) to allegations of failure to chock tires while in the mine’s parking lot. This begs the question, who and what is covered under the Mine Act? Where does MSHA’s jurisdiction begin and end? Of course, there are no bright lines to these questions, but the Mine Act and case law do shed light on them.