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Mine Act Permits Access to Personnel Records in Discrimination Investigation

By Ellen Smith

A divided Review Commission ruled that MSHA can demand copies of certain personnel records not required to be kept under the Mine Act if the records assist in determining compliance with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Act.

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Ground Delay

Managing Small Risks Will Generally Prevent The Emergence Of Higher Risks.

By Randy K. Logsdon

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MSHA Touts MINER Act Anniversary

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration Joseph A. Main issued the following statement:

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Enhanced MSHA Enforcement Begins This Month

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) began enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, as well as some standards for the coal industry.

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Company Ordered To Turn Over Employee Contact Information

By Ellen Smith

In a split decision, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission found that MSHA has the right to request employee contact information to interview mine employees who may have knowledge about conditions in a mine where MSHA was conducting a 110(c) investigation, and where dangerous conditions existed over multiple shifts and for several days.

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