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MSHA Issues Conveyor Start-Up Clarification

MSHA has issued a Program Information Bulletin (PIB) to emphasize to the metal and nonmetal mining industry the requirements for conveyor start-up warnings involving both manually operated and automatically operated conveyor belt systems at surface and underground mining locations.

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Crucial Conversations Lead to Improved Safety

By Randy Logsdon

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart spoke for many of us when he used the phrase, “I know it when I see it,” in connection with a case before the high court that was attempting to define a test for pornography. Similarly, we may find it hard to define a “good safety attitude” and conversely a “poor safety attitude,” but we know it when we see it.

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Actions, Not Words, Reveal MSHA’s Intent

By James Sharpe

There seems to be a mixed message coming from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about how it is going about fulfilling its mission to assure miners return home safe and healthy from work every day.

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Management Working for LLCs Subject to Personal Liability Under Mine Act

By Ellen Smith

Citing the legislative history of the 1969 and 1977 Mine Acts, along with corporate laws of several states, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that “agents” working for companies who are limited liability corporations can be charged under the Mine Act’s 110(c) provisions.

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