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The Balance of Safety

By Randy Logsdon

Just what does “unsafe” mean? The question is a bit rhetorical, so don’t rush to your dictionary. The question is really about what “unsafe” means in context; it’s more than the opposite of “safe.”

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ALJ Dismisses More Than $75,000 in Penalties Where MSHA Submitted Late Filing

By Ellen Smith

In a case that has implications for the entire mining industry, a Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission judge dismissed $75,762 in civil penalties against a mine operator where MSHA failed to timely file with the Commission a routine petition for a civil penalty assessment. Administrative Law Judge Thomas P. McCarthy said MSHA could not establish adequate cause for filing petitions an average of 267 days late.

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9,144 Steps to Safety

By Randy Logsdon

As part of a personal wellness initiative, I’ve been tracking the number of steps I take during the course of each day. Using a pedometer, on one particular day, I recorded 9,144 steps.

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MSHA Releases Midyear Mine Fatality Update

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration recently released a midyear summary of mining deaths in the country. As of June 30, eight miners were killed in coal mining operations, and six in the metal and nonmetal sector.

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Brains, Not Brawn, the Path to Improved Safety

By James Sharpe

More smarts, not bigger muscles, is the solution to what ails safety and health in U.S. mining, according to a safety consultant who used to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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