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MSHA to Increase Education, Outreach, Enforcement

On Jan. 30, Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, sent the following letter to stakeholders in the metal and nonmetal mining community to announce heightened efforts to reduce fatalities. MSHA also held outreach conference calls with key stakeholders in the industry concerning the 37 deaths that have occurred since October 2013 and outlining best practices that could have prevented them.

 

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Case Sent Back to Judge For Unwarrantable Failure Findings

A 104(d) order modified to a 104(a) citation was sent back to ALJ Richard Manning, after he based his findings on a separate order issued under another standard.

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The Six Sides of the Box

Last year, this column featured a six-part series focused on expanding our approach to safety beyond the six sides of a proverbial box. This is a recap of those six articles. – Ed

Most can agree that the typical box is made up of six panels – top, bottom and four sides. That same structure can be applied to the figurative box often referenced when one is advised to “think outside of the box.”

 

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First Fatality Hits Aggregates Industry

On January 8, a 63-year-old sales manager with 11 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine. He was installing new screen panels in the B tower screen.

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