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Small Operator Wins Legal Fees in MSHA Case

A small, six-employee gravel operation in Bozeman, Mont., was awarded $65, 217 in legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, after a judge ruled that the Secretary was not substantially justified in bringing a case against the company where it was accused of impeding an MSHA inspection.

 

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By Randy K. Logsdon

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New MSHA Online Training Tool Helps Report Injuries

To assist mine operators and contractors in complying with federal regulations to report accidents, illnesses and injuries, MSHA has created a new interactive, online training tool.

 

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Fatalities Decline in First Six Months of Year

In the first six months of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recorded the deaths of 18 miners in mining industry accidents in its national mid-year summary. The toll represents a decrease of five metal and nonmetal deaths from the same period in 2014.

 

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Judge Rejects Recent Settlements Between Secretary and Operators

By Ellen Smith

If your company is looking to settle a case for MSHA citations that were initially contested, have all of the justifications in place for any significant penalty reduction, or be ready for protracted proceedings to get approval from a Commission judge.
ALJ William Moran recently rejected two settlements where the attorney for the Secretary refused to voluntarily produce the information that could have justified steep reductions in the penalties – anywhere from a 25 percent to a 70 percent reduction.

 

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