Mine Manager Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Manslaughter

An upstate New York court accepted a mine manager’s guilty plea today to manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony. Anthony Valente, a mine manager at a Grafton limestone quarry, admitted to causing Darren Miller’s death in October 2022 by recklessly disregarding and overriding safety features of a crane Valente was operating, which resulted in a piece of…

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MSHA Reports 23rd and 24th Fatalities

MSHA reported that on Oct. 7, a mechanic at a construction sand and gravel operation in Providence, R.I., was fatally injured when he was engulfed in material after he entered an air separator to clear a blockage. This is the 24th fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Confined Space.”   MSHA recommends the following best practices to…

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