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Commission Need Not Decide on Validity of MSHA’s Penalty Criteria

Commission judges do not need to defer to any element of MSHA’s Part 100 regulations for assessing civil penalties, since the Commission has a Congressional mandate to independently assess penalties after making findings of fact, the Commission ruled in a Sept. 16 decision.

 

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‘Stuff’ Happens

The whole point of a safety and health program is to implement processes and systems that serve to prevent those undesirable events that lead to injuries and damage to property or interruptions. In a perfect world our programmed safety and health initiatives would work flawlessly. No injuries would occur, breakdowns would be eliminated and our production, maintenance and service operations would run efficiently day in and day out.

 

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Miner Over-Exposed to Ammonia Gas Wins Discrimination Claim

By Ellen Smith

A miner who complained about feeling ill on the job due to an unknown over-exposure to ammonia gas, and was written up for two alleged workplace infractions on the very same day of his health findings, was granted a favorable judgment in a discrimination claim where MSHA had claimed that his rights under the Mine Act had not been violated.

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MSHA Hits Aggregates Plants During August Impact Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 193 citations and 13 orders during special impact inspections conducted at 14 coal mines and seven metal and nonmetal mines in August.

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Turk’s* Take

By Randy K. Logsdon

It was a voice from the past. I turned and looked upon a face that seemed vaguely familiar. “Turk?,” I asked. “Yes, it’s me,” was the response. “How long has it been?” We found a table, sat down and began to reminisce.

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