INSIGHTS - Patton Boggs Safety & Health and Crisis Management Newsletter - October 2012


In This Issue:

1. Rockefeller Reintroduces Mine Reform Legislation

2. Whistleblower Protections Added to Highway Bill

3. GAO Endorses Studies Supporting Black Lung Rule

4. Demolition, Underground Construction Covered Under OSHA Direct Final


5. Study Finds Host of Illnesses from Early Asbestos Exposure

6. MSHA Sees Progress from Rules to Live By Program

7. MSHA Support Brings Surge in Temporary Reinstatements

8. FBI Investigation Training for MSHA Special Investigators

9. Mines Close After Impact Inspections

10. Coal Operator Fined $600,000 in Miner’s Death

11. Roundup of OSHA Whistleblower Cases

12. $13 Million Settlement Reached in BP Case

13. Removal Criteria for Severe Violator Program

14. OSHA, Auto Repair Firm Reach Safety Agreement

15. CSB: Process Safety Focus Needed to Prevent Oil Rig Disasters

16. Inherently Safer Design Could Avert Chemical Plant Accidents

17. Board Pledges Full Investigation into Refinery Fire

18. Respirator Manufacturer Liability Affirmed in Asbestos Case

19. University Board Escapes Criminal Charges in Lab Death

20. Contractor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Asbestos Violations

21. Coal Mine Examiner, Supervisors Get MSHA Fines

22. Feds Pursue Mine Operators Over Unpaid Fines

23. New Trial Ordered in Silicosis Case

24. Judge Overturns Majority of $90 Million Asbestos Award

25. More than $11 Million Awarded in Mesothelioma Cases

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