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Outside Probe of Serious Accidents Needed

By James Sharpe

MSHA’s vital mission is to ensure miners have safe and healthy workplaces through enforcement of the Mine Act and associated regulations. Without a strong federal enforcement presence in the mines, these work sites would be more hazardous than they are now. Kudos to MSHA for the essential role it plays.

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MSHA Offers Compliance Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration introduced a new compliance assistance resource to address one of the most commonly cited violations in the metal and nonmetal mining industry: improperly guarded machinery.

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What Scares You?

By Randy Logsdon

We love to be frightened, especially during Halloween.

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ALJ Has Right to Refuse Settlements and to Consider the Deterrent Effect Of Civil Penalties

By Ellen Smith

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ruled that its administrative law judges are permitted to consider the deterrent effect of a proposed penalty when deciding whether or not to approve a settlement, and an ALJ did not abuse her authority when requesting that the Solicitor’s Office turn over additional information before the settlement was approved.

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Over The Top Comments Undercut Actor’s Safety Message

By James Sharpe

Last month, we summarized controversial views the star of the “Dirty Jobs” television show has made about workplace safety. The heart of Mike Rowe’s heresy is that corporate pronouncements stating safety trumps all else, as in the “Safety First!” slogan, are dishonest. In addition, complacency arises when safety professionals claim worker safety is their responsibility. That, in turn, brings on accidents. Rowe contends that safety is the worker’s sole responsibility.

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