Recent MSHA Outreach with Metal/Nonmetal Stakeholders
Created: Friday, 16 August 2013 11:09
Published: Friday, 16 August 2013 11:09
By Joseph A. Main
One of my initiatives when I arrived at MSHA was to get out into the mining community and meet with our stakeholders to share what we are doing at MSHA and discuss how we could improve mine safety and health.
We have attended many stakeholder events across the country since then. Working with our stakeholders, we have undertaken numerous initiatives that have improved MSHA enforcement consistency, mine operator compliance, and mine safety and health. These efforts have, coupled with other actions, been highly successful.
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VPID Formula Skews Fines for Small Operators
Created: Friday, 16 August 2013 11:00
Published: Friday, 16 August 2013 11:00
By Ellen Smith
In a decision rejecting the way MSHA determines penalties, ALJ Michael Zielinski essentially threw out MSHA’s use of “violations per inspection day” for small operations, stating that the federal agency’s formula skews the violation history of small mines, and can lead to higher penalties.
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