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Adapting to Change

On Sept. 24, 1960, I sat on the living room floor and intently watched the final episode of Howdy Doody. As an 8-year-old boy, Howdy Doody was the highlight of my Saturday morning ritual and I was devastated. The trauma was exacerbated when my 14-year-old brother explained that the program was canceled because Howdy (the show’s namesake marionette) was infested with termites. (I was young enough and naive enough to believe him.) There was nothing I could do. My Saturday mornings changed forever.

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Commission Need Not Decide on Validity of MSHA’s Penalty Criteria

Commission judges do not need to defer to any element of MSHA’s Part 100 regulations for assessing civil penalties, since the Commission has a Congressional mandate to independently assess penalties after making findings of fact, the Commission ruled in a Sept. 16 decision.

 

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MSHA Hits Aggregates Plants During August Impact Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 193 citations and 13 orders during special impact inspections conducted at 14 coal mines and seven metal and nonmetal mines in August.

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‘Stuff’ Happens

The whole point of a safety and health program is to implement processes and systems that serve to prevent those undesirable events that lead to injuries and damage to property or interruptions. In a perfect world our programmed safety and health initiatives would work flawlessly. No injuries would occur, breakdowns would be eliminated and our production, maintenance and service operations would run efficiently day in and day out.

 

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Miner Over-Exposed to Ammonia Gas Wins Discrimination Claim

By Ellen Smith

A miner who complained about feeling ill on the job due to an unknown over-exposure to ammonia gas, and was written up for two alleged workplace infractions on the very same day of his health findings, was granted a favorable judgment in a discrimination claim where MSHA had claimed that his rights under the Mine Act had not been violated.

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