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Mining Safety and Health Administration

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Challenge To Mine Safety POV Rule Stayed For Settlement Talks

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Ohio court case on the validity of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2013 rule on “pattern of violation,” or “POV,” may be near an end. At the joint request of the plaintiffs and MSHA, a judge for the U.S....more

The MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder Conference: Workplace Examination Rule and Working Alone Initiative

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) held its quarterly stakeholder teleconference on April 25, 2017. The call served three purposes: (1) It provided an update to the timeline of the agency’s final Examinations of...more

Mine Safety Agency Releases Accident Alert for Surface Trucks in Metal, Nonmetal Mining Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Health and Safety Administration has released a serious accident alert in the wake of an accident involving a haul truck driver in the metal and nonmetal mine industry. The operator of a loaded haul truck...more

Federal Mine Safety Review Commission Authority Over Settlements Affirmed As Labor Department Drops Challenge

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The panel that reviews mine safety and health cases has prevailed in recent federal court filings on the issue of whether it has the legal authority to approve settlements of penalties that MSHA reaches with mining employers....more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Falls at Metal and Nonmetal Mines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After the deaths of 29 miners over the past decade from falls in metal and nonmetal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on reducing the risk of dangerous falls, reminding employers of...more

[Webinar] How to Contest MSHA Citations - March 16th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As MSHA continues to issue citations and orders, it is essential that mine operators are aware of their contest rights. Just as important, operators need to know how to contest MSHA issuances while adhering to contest process...more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our...more

MSHA Moves Forward with May 23 Implementation of Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued its Final Rule for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. In light of the White House’s regulatory freeze on new rules, questions...more

[Webinar] MSHA 101: Understanding The Mine Act and MSHA Policy - February 14th, 1:00pm EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Mine Act of 1977 governs all mine operators and grants MSHA authority over the industry. It, along with the MINER Act of 2006, also specifically outline the rights of miners and operators. Yet, while the Mine Act directs...more

[Webinar] MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through Complaint Investigation - Dec. 15th, 1:00pm EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively. Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other...more

Clinton or Trump? The Future of Employment Law and Workplace Safety Regulation

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

What has evolved (or devolved) into perhaps the most controversial election in American history, could translate in a couple of months into a whirlwind for labor and workplace safety policy. Stark differences between the...more

[Webinar] Labor & Employment, OSHA, and MSHA Impacts of the Upcoming Presidential Election - October 25th, 1:00p.m. EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

In just a couple of weeks, we will have the opportunity to enter the voting booth, and cast a ballot to elect the next President of the United States. The platforms and proposed polices of the candidates are more divergent...more

41% Increase in Citations to Mine Operators

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Special impact inspections in July that covered 13 states resulted in 161 citations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced. This is a 41-percent increase from the 114 citations issued the previous month....more

Mine Safety Agency Extends Comment Period on Controlling, Monitoring Diesel Exhaust Request for Information

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The public will have until November 30, 2016, to submit comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information on the agency’s strategies for controlling and monitoring exposure of underground miners...more

MSHA’s Proposed New Rules on Workplace Examinations May Increase Individual 110(c) “Agent” Exposure.

by Fisher Phillips on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) recently proposed new rules on workplace examinations that may significantly impact mine operators and employers. In recent years, MSHA has been far more willing to use...more

[Webinar] How Changes to MSHA's Workplace Exam Standard Will Affect Your Mine - September 15th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA’s proposed changes to the Workplace Exam Standard will create logistical challenges for mine operators. MSHA refers to the workplace exam rule as “common sense,” but the impact on your mine operation will likely be...more

OSHA and MSHA Increase Penalties for Workplace Safety Violations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 1, 2016, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased the maximum penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act by about 78 percent to account for inflation. Acting under authority conferred...more

Mine Agency Focuses Attention on Workplace Exams, Diesel Exhaust Exposure

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has rolled out two initiatives: a proposed rule increasing requirements for workplace examinations that, MSHA says, is aimed at curbing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among...more

Citing Mine Inspector’s ‘Animus,’ Judge Softens Tough Enforcement Action

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Convinced that the tough enforcement action brought against a West Virginia coal operator by an inspector for the Mine Safety and Health Administration was influenced by a long-standing grudge the inspector held toward the...more

Safety Agencies Expect to Release 9 Rules This Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified seven proposals the agency hopes to release as final rules before the end of the year, while the Mine Safety and Health Administration, its sister agency within...more

Elevated Fine Lacks Justification, Mine Safety Agency Attorney Concedes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A government attorney agreed with opposing counsel that the Mine Safety and Health Administration had not justified a proposed 127 percent increase in fines against an Illinois coal operator. The two sides disagreed, however,...more

MSHA Enforcement Trends: Most-Cited Standards of 2015 and Rules to Live By

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Mine operators can look to MSHA’s 2015 enforcement data to identify patterns in the most frequently cited safety and health violations, making it easier to avoid costly citations and possible long-term legal ramifications....more

Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Advisory: DOJ Revs Up the Worker Endangerment Initiative

by Alston & Bird on

On March 15, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden provided new insight into the renewed emphasis on criminal prosecution of worker safety laws by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division...more

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