Tag: Ogletree Deakins

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

MSHA’s renews its focus on health

May 17, 2019By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explore the intensifying focus on health by the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA).

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Bill Doran says there is a different atmosphere around MSHA now that Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo is leading the agency centered on mine safety and health. Photo courtesy of PamElla Lee Photography.

Dissecting MSHA’s 2019 agenda

April 22, 2019By

The tone coming out of the Mine Safety & Health Administration shifted under the current administration, but frontline changes are slow to surface.

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Photo by Joe McCarthy

Autonomous vehicles and MSHA

April 8, 2019By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez examine evolving aggregate industry tech and how the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) will respond.

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Yes, POV is still a thing

March 7, 2019By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez examine the Mine Safety & Health Administration’s pattern of violations (POV) enforcement policy.

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Ogletree Deakins' Bill Doran addresses the 2019 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference. Photo by PamElla Lee

Impact inspections: Are they still a thing?

January 25, 2019By

Although the agency no longer publishes impact inspection details on its website, these remain a tool in the Mine Safety & Health Administration’s toolbox, according to Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran.

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MSHA admin to oversee coal, metal/nonmetal

December 26, 2018By

Timothy Watkins, the agency’s new administrator over the two sectors, is a former deputy administrator for coal.

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MSHA Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo addressed seat belt safety earlier this year at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Annual Convention, stating that it is very difficult to enforce. Says Zatezalo: “I would tell you from my own experience that my father would never wear a seat belt. Toward the end of his life I bought him a car and he started wearing a seat belt. He said the dings and alarms made it easier to put the seat belt on.” Photo courtesy of the NSSGA

Workplace exams, streamlining and scofflaws

December 19, 2018By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez offer a report on the Mine Safety & Health Administration activity in 2018.

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Photo courtesy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health

Why MSHA suspicion isn’t enough in court

November 5, 2018By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explore why the Mine Act does not permit a citation based on mere speculation that a violation – that has not yet occurred – could happen in the future.

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