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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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Chasing The Elusive ‘Zero Incidents’

A Study Of OMG Midwest Employees Shows They Prefer Face-To-Face Communication and Safety Training Where Small Group Discussion Can Take Place.

By Joe McGuire

 

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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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Penalties Cut Where Contractor Was Responsible for Housekeeping

By Ellen Smith

ALJ David Barbour upheld eight citations issued against Northshore Mining Co.’s mine in Silver Bay, Minn., and vacated one guarding citation for lack of fair notice. The Secretary and company settled 25 additional violations stemming from multiple inspections that occurred between January 2013 and August 2013 for fines totaling $27,626, down from MSHA’s $79,023 in proposed penalties.

 

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