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Two-Person Excavating Company Not Under MSHA Jurisdiction 

By Ellen Smith

A two-person excavation company that provides fill for excavation sites and yards does not fall under MSHA jurisdiction. The size was not a factor, but the fact that the operation is that of a “borrow pit” under OSHA jurisdiction, according to a ruling of ALJ Jerold Feldman.

 

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Habits that Should Be Deliberate

By Randy K. Logsdon

I don’t get as many strange looks as I used to get. That is probably because in a mining community more drivers have joined in practicing this procedure. I speak of the practice of sounding the car or truck horn prior to pulling forward or backing out of a parking space.

 

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‘Reckless Disregard’ Finding Upheld for Failing to Report Injury

By Ellen Smith

Signal Peak Energy in Musselshell County, Mont., was found to have acted with “reckless disregard” when it failed to immediately report an accident where a miner sustained serious injuries. The Commission fined the operator $60,000 – the statutory maximum fine allowed under the Mine Act at the time the accident occurred on Dec. 23, 2009.

 

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Rocket Science – Made Simple

By Randy K. Logsdon

Sometimes, when stumped by a problem, it pays to take a few moments, step back and refocus on the basics. If that problem is determining an effective injury reduction strategy, the approach to a solution may be shrouded by the complexity of an array of contributing causes – so-called root causes and other analyses.

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