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Lawmaker Turns Tables on MSHA over Advance Notice

By James Sharpe

Tipping off mine personnel to an impending visit by inspectors from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspection is prohibited under Sec. 103(a) of the Mine Act, even if it is done by inspectors themselves.

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Unlawful Dismissal Complaint Filed

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) filed a complaint with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission against Ferraiolo Construction Inc. to reinstate a worker to his former position and provide compensation for wages lost as a result of his being unlawfully fired.

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Safety DNA

By Randy Logsdon

R&D is commonly known throughout business and industry as an abbreviation for Research and Development. We have visions of scientists in white lab coats and glasses testing prototype products or performing laboratory experiments. In mine safety (especially mine safety training) R&D is better known as Rip-off and Duplicate – a testament to the adage that there are no trade secrets in safety.

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Welcoming a New Mine Safety Approach

By James Sharpe

In March, the National Mining Association (NMA) announced a new initiative to improve safety performance using a systems approach. The initiative consists of a pledge and 20 modules that companies who sign on need to work through, and provides a timetable, ending in December 2015, for completing them.

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