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Determining when MSHA is inspecting or investigating Posted on 01 Jun 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

Although the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) makes regular inspections of mine sites, operators should be sure to manage an agency investigation differently.

How to prepare for the blitz of impact inspections Posted on 19 May 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

Following an uptick in fatal mining accidents, the Mine Safety & Health Administration has resumed publishing impact inspection reports for the first time since 2020.

Operating safely when there is no MSHA standard Posted on 10 Apr 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

When a new technology is introduced, it is tempting to assume that all of the new associated risks will be identified and addressed. This, however, is not always the case.

Is it reasonable for MSHA to request this document? Posted on 28 Mar 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

The breadth of what constitutes an appropriate request for documents under the Mine Act expanded over the last decade. Find out how you can best respond when the Mine Safety & Health Administration requests documents.

What operators must know about civil penalty assessments Posted on 09 Feb 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

Contesting civil penalties brought forth by the Mine Safety & Health Administration can bring about changes to the citation.

MSHA issues wake-up call on POV Posted on 05 Jan 2023 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine & Road to Prosperity categories.

A recent pattern of violation (POV) enforcement action reminds the industry that the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) has a strong enforcement weapon at its disposal.

Contesting citations from MSHA when all else fails Posted on 23 Nov 2022 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

In spite of all best efforts toward an early resolution, MSHA may refuse to make changes to citations. When this happens, Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez say it’s time to go to court.

Why operators, contractors are tied together on safety Posted on 26 Oct 2022 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

There are steps operators and contractors can take to improve safety compliance and reduce dual citations from the Mine Safety & Health Administration.

What qualifies as ‘advance notice’ under the Mine Act? Posted on 22 Aug 2022 in the featured & Features & From the Magazine categories.

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez examine what qualifies as “advance notice” according to the Mine Safety & Health Administration.