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Fatalities Decline in First Six Months of Year

In the first six months of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recorded the deaths of 18 miners in mining industry accidents in its national mid-year summary. The toll represents a decrease of five metal and nonmetal deaths from the same period in 2014.

 

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New MSHA Online Training Tool Helps Report Injuries

To assist mine operators and contractors in complying with federal regulations to report accidents, illnesses and injuries, MSHA has created a new interactive, online training tool.

 

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Sweat What Counts, Even If It Is ‘Small Stuff’

By Randy K. Logsdon

A popular “big picture” management recommendation suggests that management focus should be on the highly critical issues that have potentially broad effect and if not addressed properly may have potentially catastrophic consequences.
The descriptive phrase is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

 

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Judge Rejects Recent Settlements Between Secretary and Operators

By Ellen Smith

If your company is looking to settle a case for MSHA citations that were initially contested, have all of the justifications in place for any significant penalty reduction, or be ready for protracted proceedings to get approval from a Commission judge.
ALJ William Moran recently rejected two settlements where the attorney for the Secretary refused to voluntarily produce the information that could have justified steep reductions in the penalties – anywhere from a 25 percent to a 70 percent reduction.

 

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Company Fined $20,000 For Discrimination Case

By Ellen Smith

Judge John Kent Lewis fined a mining company $20,000, and said it was highly negligent where a miner had been temporarily suspended, given a written warning and a negative evaluation, after complaining to management on three occasions about a possible electrical fan violation in a laboratory, which was then cited by MSHA.

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