Taking a Step Forward
- Created: Friday, 10 February 2012 16:48
- Published: Friday, 10 February 2012 16:48
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.