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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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ALJ Uphold Penalties for ‘Travelway’ Violations

By Ellen Smith

Penalties of $1,526 were affirmed against Oil-Dri Corp. by Federal Mine Safety and ALJ Priscilla M. Rae for two citations at its Simpson Clay Mine in Georgia, where the ALJ had to determine whether certain areas were “travelways.”

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New Employees Shall Be Indoctrinated

By Randy Logsdon

Part 48 and Part 46 have been described by a number of adjectives – comprehensive, complex, confusing, rigid, soft, flexible and intrusive among others. The fact that there are two training standards enforced by the same agency can raise interesting application questions and interesting enforcement questions. But there is a third, more obscure training standard in the metal/non-metal mining regulations that seems to get little attention.

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Taking a Step Forward

By James Sharpe

MSHA found that pre-assessment conferencing of citations and orders (C/Os) could reduce the civil case backlog by 17 percent. Unfortunately, too little data was available from a pilot program to put much stock in that number. Nevertheless, a collateral benefit of more open communications could be a positive impact in its own right. Because conferencing is limited in Coal but universal in Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM), that sector stands to gain the most.

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