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Better Days for Mine Safety Lie Ahead

By James Sharpe

The year 2011 departs as a disappointment because it did not end, as hoped, with the fewest fatalities ever in the U.S. mining industry. Last year got off to a promising start. One fatality is too many; still, by June 30 just 13 miners had been killed, a mark that would have set a record had it not been exceeded the rest of the year.

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MSHA To Start Using Pre-Assessment Conferencing Procedures

MSHA will begin implementing pre-assessment conferencing procedures in January 2012 to help reduce any backlog of future violations before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

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CPR Requires Immediate Reporting to MSHA

By Ellen Smith

Operators must contact MSHA within 15 minutes for any reason that cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed on a mine employee, Commission ALJ Thomas McCarthy has ruled.

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The Prime Directive

By Randy Logsdon

Starfleet’s Prime Directive states that there can be no interference with the development of alien civilizations. Emphasis is added for primitive cultures (pre-warp drive) to prevent exposure to advanced technology and of knowledge that extra-planetary civilizations exist.

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Contrasting Views Emerge of MSHA Chief’s Performance

By James Sharpe

On the eve of Joe Main’s second anniversary as head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), two contrasting portraits of his performance have emerged.

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