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Judge Hammers Company for Firing Worker Where Boss Violated LOTO

By Ellen Smith

ALJ Jacqueline Bulluck raised a proposed fine of $30,000 to $45,000 against a company for firing a known whistleblower after the company tried to hold the rank-and-file miner responsible for his supervisor’s breach of the lock-out tag-out policy.

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Principle Number Two: Safety is Just Common Sense

By Randy K. Logsdon

This is the second in a series of six columns exploring traditional principles of safety. The first part was entitled: “Safety First.” Safety should not be considered a priority – priorities change. Safety should be applied as a foundational value in every activity or task. – Ed.

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Main Tells NSSGA ‘We Owe Miners a Safe Workplace’

Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health, addressed members of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) at its convention March 5 in Las Vegas. Main covered a variety of topics, and noted that “the actions taken by MSHA and the mining community to improve mine safety and health” have put the industry “on a steady path of improvement.”

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