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Tag: MSHA & 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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Taking safety beyond training mandated by MSHA

April 11, 2022By and

Training is essential to ensure miners understand how to safely perform a task. Training lays the groundwork for safety, but MSHA-mandated training alone is not enough.

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Remembering Carin Burford: A template for a life well lived

February 15, 2022By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez pay tribute to their colleague Carin Burford, an impeccably prepared and fearless lawyer who died this month.

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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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How to formulate a game plan for MSHA special investigations

October 29, 2021By and

With anecdotal evidence of an uptick in Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) special investigations, it’s prudent to review procedures and best practices.

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MSHA proposes mobile equipment safety rule

October 1, 2021By and

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) published its long-awaited proposed rule addressing surface mobile equipment safety.

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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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MSHA is intensifying its approach to workplace health. Photo by Joe McCarthy.

A few legal considerations on MSHA’s COVID-19 guidance

April 1, 2021By and

Operators should familiarize themselves with current guidance and watch for Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) updates, write Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez.

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