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Part 56 Examinations Must Pass ‘Reasonably Prudent Person Test’

Citing 1989 case law under Part 57, the Commission ruled that examinations under §56.18002 must be “adequate” and pass the “reasonably prudent person test.” Violations under the examination standard will be judged as to whether a person familiar with the mining industry would have recognized the prohibition or requirement of the standard. 

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Expectations

Are Core Values Just A List Of Target Attributes Or Are They True Performance Expectations?

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The Knuckle-Buster Effect

Perhaps Giving It A Name Will Help Us To More Readily Recognize The Line-Of Fire, Balance And Ergonomic Risks Associated With Performing Certain Tasks.

By Randy Logsdon

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Requirement for Yearly Checks of Extension Cords Upheld by Court

By Ellen Smith

Extension cords, power cords and cables are subject to continuity and resistance testing under Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulations, according to an Aug. 12 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Mine Act Clear on Commission’s Role in Settlements

By Ellen Smith

In a unanimous decision on Aug. 25, 2016, the Review Commission held that it has the exclusive authority to oversee settlements of contested penalty cases, based on the “very clear” language of Sect. 110(k) of the Mine Act. 

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