Figures Don’t Lie
- Published: Monday, 25 July 2016 12:09
By Mark Savit
Not that long ago, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) argued strenuously that it needed to broaden the potential reach of its Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. It based its argument primarily on the fact that the previous rule required MSHA to rely on citations that had already become final, rather than relying on citations as issued, before placing a mine on the POV list. Also that the provision allowing mines to be placed on the Potential POV (PPOV) list before being actually put into the program was too lenient, allowing mines to temporarily change violation patterns only to allow them to slip back into old patterns after the monitoring period was over.