The Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010: Calling for Higher Safety Standards and Independent Investigations into Mining Accidents, May Never Become Law

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Right now, a statute has been proposed in the House of Representatives (H.R. 5663) that, if it becomes law, will change parts of both the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (FMSHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA).

If it passes, the new law would make some mining companies implement new safety measures for their employees as they work in the mines, as well as forcing the companies to adhere to new standards regarding employee rights, including new protections for whistleblowers (those reporting employer wrongdoings) and mining accident victims.

Sounds like a great statute, right? Except that H.R. 5663 may never become reality; unfortunately, opposition is growing to its passage.

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