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A Good Safety Record is Not A Mitigating Factor in Lowering Penalties

By Ellen Smith

A good safety record at a quarry, and having an injury-free operation, is not a mitigating factor in determining final penalties for violations of the Mine Act, Review Commission ALJ Alan Paez ruled in a case involving the Campbell County, Tenn., Highway Dept. located in Jacksboro, Tenn.

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Unintended Consequences

By Randy K. Logsdon

One of the things that makes this country great is our collective ability to innovate. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of capitalism. Perhaps it’s innovation and entrepreneurship that drives capitalism.

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MSHA Issues Third-Quarter Fatality Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released a summary of U.S. mining deaths that occurred during the third quarter of 2014. From July 1 to Sept. 30, eight miners were killed in accidents at work, including five in metal and nonmetal mining and three in coal mining. during the same period in 2013, nine miners died in mining accidents.

 

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POV Process Violates Due Process, ALJ Rules

By Ellen Smith

ALJ William Moran has dismissed a Pattern of Violations (POV) charge against Patriot Coal’s Brody Mining, stating that the POV charge is a violation of due process with a system that is “patently unfair, almost rigged,” and the company does not know what evidence to present for its defense.

 

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