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Electrical Panel Violations Upheld, Fine Reduced

By Ellen Smith

A small crushed stone operation had three penalties for electrical violations significantly reduced by a Review Commission judge from $77,600 to $18,000 after the operator was able to show that MSHA had inspected the mine’s electrical panels since 1999, and not cited the company for the conditions found in the recent inspection.

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MSHA Reports Results of December 2012 Impact Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 150 citations and nine orders during special impact inspections conducted at eight coal mines and three metal/nonmetal mines last month.

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Service Truck Bed Can Be Considered a ‘Working Place’

By Ellen Smith

In a case of first impression, ALJ William Moran ruled Dec. 19 that a service truck bed is a “working place” and subject to the housekeeping rules of 30 CFR 56.20003, which requires that “working places, passageways, storerooms and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly.”

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Focus on Behavior to Manage Risk the Right Way

By Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D.

I have been assisting a large aggregate company in the western United States to implement a Behavior-Based Safety Process. This project started after the plant GM and HR Manager heard me speak at an MSHA Spring Thaw event where the theme of my talk was, “the best way to change others’ behaviors is to change your own.” Indeed, when the principles of human behavior are understood, changing one’s behavior to have a positive impact on the behaviors of others becomes possible. And, behavior starts to appear much more orderly and even predictable.

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People, People, People . . .

By Randy Logsdon

Sometimes it pays to reflect on how well our safety systems align with the fundamentals of safety – fundamentals being those basic concepts that lead to the prevention of injuries, property damage, and unplanned interruption. The old wisdom told us to focus on Engineering, Education and Enforcement (the 3 E’s). The infusion of behavioral psychology into safety philosophy brought us three similar and interrelated concepts – Person, Behavior and Environment.

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