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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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ALJ Dismisses Guarding Citations for Lack of Adequate Notice

By Ellen Smith

LTM-Knife River Materials successfully had several guarding citations dismissed by Review Commission ALJ Michael Zielinski, after the judge agreed with the company that MSHA did not give “adequate notice” of guarding requirements at its mobile crusher near Coos Bay, Ore.

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Eriez Accomplishes 1,000 Days without a Lost-Time Accident

Eriez announced  that May 19, 2011, marked 1,000 days that Eriez Headquarters employees have worked without a lost time accident. “This milestone achievement distinctly demonstrates the personal accountability our employees take when it comes to safety,” said Tim Shuttleworth, Eriez president and CEO.

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SLAM II

By Randy Logsdon

SLAM RISKS is a tool that MSHA provides as a field-level risk-assessment instrument.

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Time to Modernize Mine Safety By James Sharpe

The Mine Act was substantially amended for the first time ever in 2006, but Democrats want another makeover to give the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) more power to enforce safety in the nation's mines. On the other hand, Republicans and mine operators say the agency has enough weapons, it just needs to apply them more effectively.

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