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Crucial Conversations Lead to Improved Safety

By Randy Logsdon

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart spoke for many of us when he used the phrase, “I know it when I see it,” in connection with a case before the high court that was attempting to define a test for pornography. Similarly, we may find it hard to define a “good safety attitude” and conversely a “poor safety attitude,” but we know it when we see it.

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Management Working for LLCs Subject to Personal Liability Under Mine Act

By Ellen Smith

Citing the legislative history of the 1969 and 1977 Mine Acts, along with corporate laws of several states, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that “agents” working for companies who are limited liability corporations can be charged under the Mine Act’s 110(c) provisions.

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Actions, Not Words, Reveal MSHA’s Intent

By James Sharpe

There seems to be a mixed message coming from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about how it is going about fulfilling its mission to assure miners return home safe and healthy from work every day.

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New Employees Shall Be Indoctrinated

By Randy Logsdon

Part 48 and Part 46 have been described by a number of adjectives – comprehensive, complex, confusing, rigid, soft, flexible and intrusive among others. The fact that there are two training standards enforced by the same agency can raise interesting application questions and interesting enforcement questions. But there is a third, more obscure training standard in the metal/non-metal mining regulations that seems to get little attention.

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