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Mine Operator Scores Victories in Contesting Citations

Often Fighting Back is Worth the Time and Effort.

By Adele Abrams

These days, it may seem like almost an insurmountable obstacle to get citations vacated by Administrative Law Judges, especially if the mine operator is handling the case itself against a government attorney. However, a recent ruling by Administrative Law Judge Manning shows that there is sometimes light at the end of the tunnel.

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Distracted Driving as an Occupational Hazard

Stricter Enforcement Coming up the Road.
By Adele Abrams

Most people are, by now, aware that the new technology that allows us to be “connected” wherever we are has perils when it is used behind the wheel. Cell phone conversations, as well as texting or reviewing emails, while driving have caused many fatalities and deaths and are now subject to legal constraints in many states that require “hands-free” calls and impose zero tolerance for text/emailing by drivers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of occupational death in the United States. Moreover, occupational drivers are over-represented in crashes when compared with non-occupational drivers.

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MSHA Releases Pattern of Violations Proposed Rule

Rulemaking Raises More Questions Than It Answers.

By Adele Abrams

On Feb. 2, 2011, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) issued its anticipated proposal to drastically revise its Pattern of Violations (POV) criteria, aimed at allowing the agency to crack down more quickly on mine operators it deems to be “chronic violators” of mandatory standards who have “demonstrated a disregard for the safety and health of miners.”

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