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Mine Operators Hold Key to Safe Workplaces

By James Sharpe

In the June issue, the Healthy Dialogue column “Time to Modernize Mine Safety” drew a response from the CEO of an aggregate mining company. In an e-mail, he said he agreed with my opinion that a good safety program should be risk-based. However, he said I was mistaken when I said the onus for mine safety and health should be squarely on the shoulders of the mine operator.

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Not Just an Act

By Randy Logsdon

Section 2 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Act) contains seven paragraphs in the form of a declaration by Congress outlining the purpose of the Act. The first four paragraphs describe the national concern over working conditions and practices in the mining industry as they affect safety.

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The Wisdom of John Wooden

MSHA is drawing upon the wisdom of John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of all time, to communicate the importance of developing a safety culture.

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Time is Right for Mine Safety Study

By James Sharpe

Taxpayer money has been used to support a study designed to determine if unionized underground coal mines are safer places to work than non-unionized mines. According to the results reported recently, yes, union operations are safer.

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