Tag: MSHA & The Law

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Taking steps towards mine safety

June 28, 2023By and

There has been a spike of fatal accidents occurring across the mining industry. Ogleree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez discuss how operators can stay safe around machinery and powered haulage.

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Determining when MSHA is inspecting or investigating

June 1, 2023By and

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

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How to prepare for the blitz of impact inspections

May 19, 2023By and

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

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Operating safely when there is no MSHA standard

April 10, 2023By and

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.

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Aggregate producers are raising concerns as MSHA merges coal inspectors with the metal/nonmetal mining sector. Photo by Kevin Yanik

What operators must know about civil penalty assessments

February 9, 2023By and

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

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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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