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Metal/Nonmetal Sector Suffers 17th Fatality

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), on August 2, 2014, a 53-year-old plant operator with 25 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel plant. The victim was working under the raised bed of a dump truck when the wooden block supporting the load suddenly failed, allowing the bed to fall and pin him. The victim was working alone and was not found until 10 a.m. on August 3, 2014.

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Mine Rescue Contest Crowns New Winner

Doe Run Co.’s “Maroon Team” from Viburnum, Mo., won the 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest held August 4-7 in Lexington, Ky. FMC Minerals’ “Red Team” from Green River, Wyo., and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s “WIPP Red Team” from Carlsbad, N.M., rounded out the top three.

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Brake Violation Not S&S, But Imminent Danger Order Upheld

By Ellen Smith

ALJ Richard Manning reduced a penalty for a brake violation under §56.14101(a)(1) while upholding an imminent danger order for the same violation. He also increased a second penalty for a parking violation under §56.14107 taking into consideration that the safety violation was committed by two management employees.

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MSHA Releases Mid-Year Mine Fatality Update

MSHA released a mid-year summary of mining deaths across the country. During the first half of 2014, 22 miners were killed in accidents in the mining industry. The toll represents an increase in the mid-year fatality count and reverses a decline in fatal accidents seen in recent years.

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