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Mine Fatalities: Causes, Prevention, and MSHA Enforcement

A number of fatal mine accidents occurred in the United States between January 1 and September 22, 2014. Coal Mines - - Four underground employees on foot were crushed by equipment in operation. - Two...more

11/12/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Mining MSHA Safety Precautions Trucking Industry Workplace Injury Wrongful Death

Tracking Patterns of Violations in Mines

In the mining industry MSHA enforcement of “pattern of violations” sanctions can be devastating to a mine operator’s business....more

8/26/2013 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Mining MSHA Policy Violations

MSHA Demands For Company Files Upheld By Federal Appellate Court

“Congress has given . . . MSHA powerful tools to protect miners. ...more

8/21/2013 - Mining MSHA OSHA

Escalating Enforcement By MSHA Of Prohibition Against Advance Notice Of Inspection

Section 103 of the Federal Mine Safety Act requires the Secretary of Labor to conduct frequent inspections and investigations at mines....more

6/3/2013 - Advance Notice Inspections Investigations Mining MSHA

MSHA/OSHA Report - May 2013

Escalating Enforcement by MSHA of Prohibition against Advance Notice of Inspection - Section 103 of the Federal Mine Safety Act requires the Secretary of Labor to conduct frequent inspections and investigations at...more

6/3/2013 - Advance Notice Investigations Mining MSHA OSHA Safety Inspections Safety Precautions Unions

Court Finds Private Person Can Be Held Liable for Negligent Inspection

A private person who inspects a workplace can be held liable for injury or death due to hazards that should have been found and addressed. That is effectively what the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently held...more

3/15/2013 - FTCA Mining MSHA Negligent Inspection Personal Liability Sovereign Immunity

MSHA Revises Pattern of Violation Criteria

Here is the good news: “MSHA acknowledges…the majority of mine operators are conscientious about providing a safe and healthful work environment for their miners.” So says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in...more

3/6/2013 - Mining MSHA POV System S&S Citations Safety Precautions

MSHA/OSHA Report - November 2012

In This Issue: - MSHA Update ..End of Temporary Reinstatement - That Was Not Temporary - OSHA Update ..Wanted: Regulatory Agendas for 2012 Please see full report below for more information....more

11/30/2012 - Hiring & Firing Mining MSHA OSHA Safety Precautions Termination

End Of Temporary Reinstatement - That Was Not Temporary

Margo Lopez and Denise Giraudo in our Mine Safety Practice Group are to be highly congratulated for an extraordinary victory that favors the entire mining industry. In Vulcan Construction Materials v. Federal Mine Safety and...more

11/27/2012 - Mining MSHA Reinstatement Safety Precautions Termination Vulcan Construction Materials

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