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To Change A Light Bulb

By Randy Logsdon

How many (you fill in the blank) does it take to change a light bulb? It's an old joke playing on our fascination with the absurd. Interestingly, as safe work procedures and equipment, the truth appears at times to approach absurdity. Consider the light bulb placed in a difficult to reach elevated location. It could easily require the effort of a team of two or more to place a person in a position to safely access the fixture and replace that light.

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MSHA Entitled to Medical Claim Forms, Other Records When Conducting Part 50 Audit

By Ellen Smith

The Review Commission upheld the right of MSHA to inspect and copy employee medical records, workers’ compensation records, and other records held by operators for purposes of determining compliance with reporting standards under Part 50 of the Mine Act.

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Unlawful Dismissal Complaint Filed

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) filed a complaint with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission against Ferraiolo Construction Inc. to reinstate a worker to his former position and provide compensation for wages lost as a result of his being unlawfully fired.

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Lawmaker Turns Tables on MSHA over Advance Notice

By James Sharpe

Tipping off mine personnel to an impending visit by inspectors from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspection is prohibited under Sec. 103(a) of the Mine Act, even if it is done by inspectors themselves.

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Safety DNA

By Randy Logsdon

R&D is commonly known throughout business and industry as an abbreviation for Research and Development. We have visions of scientists in white lab coats and glasses testing prototype products or performing laboratory experiments. In mine safety (especially mine safety training) R&D is better known as Rip-off and Duplicate – a testament to the adage that there are no trade secrets in safety.

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