Tag: Ogletree Deakins

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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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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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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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Workplace examinations: Clarification or confusion?

September 10, 2018By and

What is the Mine Safety & Health Administration really saying in its latest guidance on the controversial workplace exams rule? Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explore.

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Seeking clarity on crystalline silica

August 10, 2018By

The new Occupational Safety & Health Administration rule blurs the compliance line for a number of industry companies.

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