OSHA’S New Silica Rule at a Glance: Might You Be Affected?

By Breyana A. Penn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again made headlines regarding the regulation of silica. Upon reaching the conclusion that the existing standards for occupational exposure to silica resulted in significant health risks for workers, the agency set out once again to create stricter parameters for exposure.

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MSHA’s Up, Coal is Down

By Brian Hendrix

Mining is a cyclical business. Up and down, thin and flush. Today, we all know that the coal industry is down. Amid this economic turmoil, one key indicator of the industry’s success continues to head in the right direction: the safety and health of coal miners. Last year was the best year ever in mine safety. That’s an accomplishment that everyone in the industry, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), can and should take great pride in.

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Tips for Navigating a Mine Accident Investigation

By Linda Otaigbe

An accident has occurred at the mine. It may or may not have involved a fatality, but the next steps you take will help minimize your legal liability. First things first, contact first responders and emergency services immediately, especially if the accident involves a life-threatening situation. Under 30 CFR 50.10 (a)-(c), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) must be notified within 15 minutes when any one of three types of mining “accidents” occur: the death of an individual at the mine; an injury of an individual at the mine that has a reasonable potential to cause death; or the entrapment of an individual at the mine that has a reasonable potential to cause death.

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MSHA’s Proposed Rule on Proximity Detection

Differing opinions on viability put stakeholders on a collision course

By Erik Dullea

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Image Matters

By R. Brian Hendrix

Every mine operator knows (or should know) the image the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has of an operator matters when it comes to enforcement, at least in terms of day-to-day enforcement. In other words, if MSHA’s perception or view of a particular mine operator — you, for example — is that it is trying to do the right thing and is playing it straight or honest with it, then it will be less likely to spend extra time at your mines and will be more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt when it comes to compliance issues, plan approvals and the like. How you respond to MSHA on a daily basis — particularly how you respond to enforcement actions — also matters.

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