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MSHA Issues Third-Quarter Fatality Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released a summary of U.S. mining deaths that occurred during the third quarter of 2014. From July 1 to Sept. 30, eight miners were killed in accidents at work, including five in metal and nonmetal mining and three in coal mining. during the same period in 2013, nine miners died in mining accidents.


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POV Process Violates Due Process, ALJ Rules

By Ellen Smith

ALJ William Moran has dismissed a Pattern of Violations (POV) charge against Patriot Coal’s Brody Mining, stating that the POV charge is a violation of due process with a system that is “patently unfair, almost rigged,” and the company does not know what evidence to present for its defense.


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Science Fiction Becomes Real Tech

HS-ScienceFiction-150By Randy K. Logsdon

It is something that you might expect to see being used by an advanced civilization originating from a distant planet, or from the pages of Marvel Comics. But it’s real and quite revolutionary. The substance is known in technical terms as a “dilatant non-Newtonian fluid” and is also marketed under the trademarks “D3o” or “D30.”

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What Motivates You?

Whether It’s An Action To Reinforce Or To Correct, Nothing Beats The Personal Touch.

By Randy K. Logsdon

An October 9 investigative report in the Chicago Tribune delved into a sudden increase in automated red-light citations issued at several Chicago intersections. It seems that the citations that are issued by mail include data regarding the infraction, including the length of the amber warning prior to the signal displaying red. The standard minimum amber duration for a 30 mph intersection is three seconds. Hundreds of citations were overturned because the ticket reported the duration at 2.9 seconds or less.


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Two Personal Liability Cases Upheld Against Foremen

By Ellen Smith

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Labor Secretary that an agent of a limited liability corporation, or “LLC,” can be charged under 110(c) of the Mine Act, and in a separate case, the Review Commission upheld charges against a foreman.

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