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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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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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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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Mental Discipline

By Randy Logsdon

It was late in the ballgame, the home team was up by a single run and their opponents were batting. With one out, the batter connected with a curve ball and drove the ball between second and third base. The shortstop collected the ball easily on one hop, planted and threw a bullet to the first baseman. The batter was out easily ­­– two outs. Sounds good, but the broadcast crew in the radio booth saw it differently.

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