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Retaliation and the New OSHA Regulations

By Henry Chajet

Under the guise of a new rule requiring electronic injury data reporting by employees, (29 CFR Parts 1904 and 1902), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) restricted post-incident drug and alcohol testing and bonus safety incentives programs that it considers retaliate, discourage or complicate employee injury reporting.

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A Single (Minded) Step in the Wrong Direction

By Ross J. Watzman

To the people who are frustrated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) haste in promulgating rules without examining the impact on mine safety, you are not alone. When will MSHA learn that its rush to increase regulation over the mining industry may not result in an increase in safety?

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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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