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MSHA Touts Record-Low Fatality, Injury Rates

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the release of final data for 2012 that indicate the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining, along with the lowest rate of contractor fatalities since the agency began calculating those rates in 1983.

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Two Birds, One Stone

By Randy Logsdon

Don Wilson was the featured keynote speaker for day two of the New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference on May 8. Wilson is the vice president of SafeStart, a commercially marketed injury prevention system.

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Chief ALJ Refuses to Extend Deadlines Where DOL Cut Backlog Staff Due to Sequester and Budget

By Ellen Smith

Review Commission Chief ALJ Robert Lesnick has denied a motion filed by an MSHA conference litigation representative to stay a case for 180 days due to a “high rate of contests coupled with MSHA’s limited staff.”

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ALJ Vacate Drilling Citations, Citing an Unreasonable Interpretation

By Ellen Smith

MSHA’s interpretation of a drilling standard is erroneous, not worthy of deference, and would lead to extraordinarily dangerous results, according to a recent ruling by Review Commission Judge Pricilla Rae. The case involved MSHA’s interpretation of §56.7012, which requires that drills be “attended” at all times. The dispute centered around the meaning of “attended.”

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Vulnerabilty, Worry Stem From Feeling Lack of Control

By Randy Logsdon

As I write this, the events of the week of April 15 are still fresh in the minds of most Americans – the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon and the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas. While we are all saddened, if not angered, by the human toll resulting from these events, we take comfort in learning that so many people, both civil and civilian, responded valiantly without hesitation to help those suddenly in need.

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