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Comprehensive Mine Safety Reform Is Back on the Table

By James Sharpe

Accepting no for an answer is apparently not in the thinking of key Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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MSHA Announces Online Tool to Self-Monitor for POV Screening

MSHA announced the availability of an online service that enables mine operators, miners and others to monitor a mining operation to determine if it could be subject to a potential pattern of violations.

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Plaintiff Entitled to be Heard

By Ellen Smith

In an appeal argued in the District Court of Sequoyah County, Okla. – J. Jeffrey Payton, Judge – a plaintiff/appellee, Michael Daffin, claimed he was prevented from participating in an informal conference before the Department of Mines on the application for a mining permit requested by T & M Sand and Gravel Inc.

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The Right Tool

By Randy Logsdon

It’s a marvelous tool. I keep one in my desk and one in my car. The multi-tool (sometimes known generically as a “leatherman”) is the modern equivalent of the Swiss Army Knife. It’s marvelous because it is one tool that can do so many things. But is it the right tool?

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Nonverbal Communication and Your Safety Message

By Randy Logsdon

I'm fairly certain that I am not the first or even the last person who has succumbed to the phenomenon of drifting thoughts during a church service. On this particular Sunday, I was intrigued by the choir. In particular, I was caught up in the animated gestures of the choir director. Of course as a safety professional, my thoughts drifted toward application in safety rather than some other less constructive vein.

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