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MSHA Issues A Final Rule To Revise The POV System

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) kicked off its regulatory agenda by lifting the veil on its final rule to revise the Pattern of Violations (POV) system under 30 C.F.R. Part 104. Unless overturned by a court in an expected industry challenge, the final rule will dramatically change the existing POV system and impose significant, onerous burdens on mine operators, according to the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP.

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Don’t be Penny Wise and Pound-Foolish When It Comes to Safety Gloves

A simple change in the way gloves are purchased and used has reduced hand injuries at a lime and stone producer’s operation by 50 percent, lowered workers compensation costs, reduced reportable accidents to MSHA and saved money every month on glove purchases.

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MSHA Reports Results of December 2012 Impact Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 150 citations and nine orders during special impact inspections conducted at eight coal mines and three metal/nonmetal mines last month.

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Electrical Panel Violations Upheld, Fine Reduced

By Ellen Smith

A small crushed stone operation had three penalties for electrical violations significantly reduced by a Review Commission judge from $77,600 to $18,000 after the operator was able to show that MSHA had inspected the mine’s electrical panels since 1999, and not cited the company for the conditions found in the recent inspection.

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Focus on Behavior to Manage Risk the Right Way

By Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D.

I have been assisting a large aggregate company in the western United States to implement a Behavior-Based Safety Process. This project started after the plant GM and HR Manager heard me speak at an MSHA Spring Thaw event where the theme of my talk was, “the best way to change others’ behaviors is to change your own.” Indeed, when the principles of human behavior are understood, changing one’s behavior to have a positive impact on the behaviors of others becomes possible. And, behavior starts to appear much more orderly and even predictable.

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