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Company Ordered To Turn Over Employee Contact Information

By Ellen Smith

In a split decision, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission found that MSHA has the right to request employee contact information to interview mine employees who may have knowledge about conditions in a mine where MSHA was conducting a 110(c) investigation, and where dangerous conditions existed over multiple shifts and for several days.

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Bless Their Hearts

Even With Best Intentions, it is Easy to Compound a Problem Rather Than Solve it.

Randy K. Logsdon

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Massachusetts Producer Settles with MSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a global settlement with Worcester Sand and Gravel Co. Inc. of Shrewsbury, Mass., to resolve citations and orders in three separate dockets. An administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission approved the settlements amounting to $181,200, the largest penalty amounts recovered from a mine operator in New England in the past decade.

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MSHA Enhancing Enforcement of ‘Rules to Live By’

In a meeting with mining industry stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that the agency is enhancing enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative of standards commonly cited following mining deaths.

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EAJA Fees Not Available Where Secretary Vacated Seven Citations

By Ellen Smith

A small limestone operator is not entitled to EAJA fees where the Secretary vacated seven citations issued against the operator after the MSHA inspector was no longer available to testify at a hearing, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled April 19.

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