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Judge Rejects Quarry’s ‘Fair Notice’ Argument

Judge Margaret Miller upheld several small fines for first-time violations found at Tilcon New York Inc.’s Haverstraw Quarry and Mill in Rockland County, N.Y., but increased a proposed fine from $100 to $1,000 where an area of the quarry lacked berms, and rejected Tilcon’s “fair notice” argument.

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Hazard Appreciation

The Visual Literacy Approach Applies A Systematic Approach To Seeing.

“If it was a snake, it would have bitten you.” That’s the colloquial expression I heard often as I was growing up. It was a favorite response when I was searching for something that was in clear view. It’s meaning, while still figurative, comes much closer to literal when we fail to see clearly present hazards in the workplace that could potentially bite.

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Expectations

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

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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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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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