Peter Gould

Peter Gould

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OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing...more

1/30/2014 - Compliance Oil & Gas OSHA Safety Precautions Workplace Hazards

ALJ Rules Mine Operators Do Not Have Right to Perform Pre-operational Examinations of Equipment Prior to MSHA Inspection, Citing...

In an opinion issued on December 10, 2013, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judge Richard Manning ruled that allowing operators to perform examinations of mobile equipment immediately prior...more

12/18/2013 - Advance Notice ALJ Coal Mines Liability Mining MSHA Safety Inspections Safety Laws Strict Liability

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of...more

10/1/2013 - ALJ DOL FMSHRC Government Shutdown MSHA OSHA

ALJ Ruling on Heart Attack Reporting Requirements Creates Split of Authority

In Vulcan Construction, decided August 3, 2013, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judge Gill held that an employee’s heart attack did not constitute an immediately reportable accident because...more

10/1/2013 - ALJ MSHA Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board to OSHA: Get to Work on Combustible Dust

On July 25, 2013, the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) held an open meeting where it designated a potential Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) general industry standard for combustible dust...more

7/31/2013 - Chemical Safety Board Combustible Dust EPA Hazardous Substances OSHA SBREFA

HEALTH AND SAFETY CLIENT ALERT: MSHA Issues a Final Rule to Revise the POV System

On Wednesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) kicked off its regulatory agenda by lifting the veil on its final rule to revise the Pattern of Violations (POV) system under 30 C.F.R. Part 104. Unless...more

1/25/2013 - Coal Mines MSHA POV System Safety Laws Safety Violations

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Enforcement: MSHA Impact Inspections

Stepping up enforcement at coal mines with alleged violations relating to respirable coal dust, MSHA targeted 13 operations in September under its impact inspection program that the agency contended had a history of...more

1/15/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Fines Inspections Mining MSHA Respirable Dust Safety Precautions Safety Violations

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