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8th Circuit Sides with Northshore; Standard Address Electrocution Potential

By Ellen Smith

MSHA erred in issuing a citation against an iron ore mine for an alleged electrical violation under §56.12016, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in March, overturning a decision of ALJ Janet Harner.

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Training that Works

By Randy Logsdon

One of the fundamentals of most safety programs is training. Certainly the federal regulatory agencies with statutory responsibility for occupational safety consider education and training vital to workplace safety. One of those agencies (MSHA) devotes two full parts of its regulatory volume, 30 CFR, to training – Part 48 and Part 46.

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ALJ Rejects Settlement Where CLR Sought 30 Percent Reduction

By Ellen Smith

If your company and MSHA want to present a settlement before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, have all of the details in order explaining why there should be more than a 10 percent reduction in civil penalties.

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Rock Stability Research Could Make Mining Safer

A University of Arizona (UA) College of Engineering research program looking at new methods of determining rock strength could reduce hazardous working conditions that currently cause thousands of deaths every year in mining and construction.

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How Do I Improve My Odds?

By Randy Logsdon

Some of the larger football stadiums seat nearly 100,000 fans. Attending a professional football game or a major college bowl game in one of these stadiums is a treat – even if its cold and the seats are closer to the goal line than the midfield stripe. As you’re holding those tickets, suppose someone told you that seven of the fans attending that game would die. We don’t know which seven. Your chances are as good as the next guy’s. Would you attend, or stay home?

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