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Company Fined $20,000 For Discrimination Case

By Ellen Smith

Judge John Kent Lewis fined a mining company $20,000, and said it was highly negligent where a miner had been temporarily suspended, given a written warning and a negative evaluation, after complaining to management on three occasions about a possible electrical fan violation in a laboratory, which was then cited by MSHA.

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A Different Perspective

By Randy K. Logsdon

A tool that MSHA is using in its continuing initiative to reverse the trend in fatal injuries experienced recently in the Metal/Non-Metal segment of the mining industry is a “2014 Fatal Comparison Chart” that constitutes a breakdown of how, when and to whom the fatal injuries occurred. This was produced from preliminary data accumulated during the 2014 calendar year concerning 28 fatal injury incidents.

 

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Three Hurt From Underground Mine Air Blast

Three workers were hurt after ground apparently shifted at an underground limestone mine in western Pennsylvania causing a rush of air through the mine’s entrance, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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Main Warns Against Safety Programs That Deter Reporting Injuries

In a letter to industry stakeholders, Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, warned against safety and health programs that deter the reporting of injuries.

 

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