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A Different Perspective

By Randy K. Logsdon

A tool that MSHA is using in its continuing initiative to reverse the trend in fatal injuries experienced recently in the Metal/Non-Metal segment of the mining industry is a “2014 Fatal Comparison Chart” that constitutes a breakdown of how, when and to whom the fatal injuries occurred. This was produced from preliminary data accumulated during the 2014 calendar year concerning 28 fatal injury incidents.

 

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Main Warns Against Safety Programs That Deter Reporting Injuries

In a letter to industry stakeholders, Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, warned against safety and health programs that deter the reporting of injuries.

 

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Three Hurt From Underground Mine Air Blast

Three workers were hurt after ground apparently shifted at an underground limestone mine in western Pennsylvania causing a rush of air through the mine’s entrance, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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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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