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Mine Act Clear on Commission’s Role in Settlements

By Ellen Smith

In a unanimous decision on Aug. 25, 2016, the Review Commission held that it has the exclusive authority to oversee settlements of contested penalty cases, based on the “very clear” language of Sect. 110(k) of the Mine Act. 

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Just Say Yes

We Get So Much ‘No!’ In Our Daily Lives, Your Crews Might Just Appreciate A Different Perspective.

By Randy K. Logsdon

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Ground Delay

Managing Small Risks Will Generally Prevent The Emergence Of Higher Risks.

By Randy K. Logsdon

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Mine Act Permits Access to Personnel Records in Discrimination Investigation

By Ellen Smith

A divided Review Commission ruled that MSHA can demand copies of certain personnel records not required to be kept under the Mine Act if the records assist in determining compliance with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Act.

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Enhanced MSHA Enforcement Begins This Month

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) began enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, as well as some standards for the coal industry.

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