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Tag: MSHA and the Law

Getting workers back into a pit or quarry in 2022 is sadly easier said than done. Photo: isabela66/iStock / Getty Images Plus/GettY Images

A common-sense approach to MSHA jurisdiction

May 20, 2022By and

The Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission recently held that the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) does not have jurisdiction to inspect equipment located off mine property, even if it is sometimes used at a mine.

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MSHA accident investigation reports should tell whole story

April 22, 2022By and

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) referencing the presence of drugs – whether prescription or non-prescription – or alcohol in an accident investigation report would be the overwhelming exception to the rule.

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MSHA in transition mode as 2021 nears its end

November 18, 2021By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez examine where we are with Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) enforcement, as well as what can be expected from the agency in 2022.

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Riprap and boulders represent about 15 percent of Albert Frei & Sons’ revenue, yet only 2 percent of its volume, President Albert Frei Jr. says. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Inspector general’s findings introduce new pressures on MSHA enforcement

May 4, 2021By and

The inspector general’s recent criticism of Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) violation abatement oversight could haunt mine operators. Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explain why.

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Continuous improvement is an important and necessary part of a safety program. Photo: IPGGutenbergUKLtd/Getty Images

Resolving to carry out safety improvements in 2020

February 19, 2020By and

Over time, everyone’s initial diligence in carrying out safety improvements falls by the wayside. Continuous improvement is important and necessary.

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Inspector sign-in standards

October 5, 2018By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez discuss sign-in standards for Mine Safety & Health Administration inspectors at aggregate operations.

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Preventing workplace violence

August 1, 2018By and

With workplace violence becoming problematic across the nation, what can producers do to help prevent an incident at their operation?

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Religious fasting: A legal issue for operators?

July 13, 2018By and

Accommodations producers should make for employees celebrating Ramadan and other religious occasions that raise safety concerns on the job.

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