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Current Issue: Vol. 22, No. 12 & 13 | August 15, 2015

  • Accidents:
    • Employee Severely hurt by arc flash at Lee Creek Phosphate Mine (264)
    • Dozer operator needs spleen removed after injury at Barrick Cortez (265)
    • First reported injury at Friendsville Sand might have been fatal (266)
    • 44-employee CVB No. 1, site of rib-roll injury, has 22 hurt in less than 2 years
    • (267)
    • Two knocked down but unhurt in possible explosion at D-10 Dorchester (267)
    • Massive roof fall spares approaching employee at Buchanan #1 (268)
    • Roof fell around mobile supports during retreat mining at Black Oak (268)
    • Five workers get chemical burns from wet concrete at Kosse Strip (269)
    • Defective welding equipment causes electric shock at Roanoke Cement (270)
    • Continuous miner operator survives collision with machine at XMV No. 40 (270)
  • Civil Penalties: Dissolution of company renders $1.6 million in fines uncollectible; cases moot (271)
  • Discovery: Judge denies sanctions against small operator in discovery dispute (272)
  • Discrimination:
    • 3rd Circuit sends case back to FMSHRC because of conflicting opinions (273)
    • Murray Energy ordered to temporarily reinstate miner who was fired for writing profanity on check (274)
    • ALJ rejects handwriting expert testimony in decision on remand (275)
    • Equal Access to Justice Act: Company awarded fees where delay in inspection was justified (276)
  • Examinations: Case remanded for unwarrantable failure analysis where parts of mine impassible (278)
  • Fatalities:
    • 18-year old dies in silo collapse at Luck Stone (279)
    • Loader operator engulfed in stockpile slide at Pinky’s Aggregates (280)
    • Drill operator dies in Small Mine Development’s SSX Underground Gold Operation (281)
    • United Salt pays $4,564 in penalties following mechanic’s death At Hockley Mine (282)
    • Lack of safe overhead-storage access caused death at Gardenscape of New York (284)
    • Diesel unit had multiple safety issues in fatality at West Ridge Mine (285)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Court denial upholds reporting of smoldering coal stockpile (289)
  • Respirable Dust: year-old respirable-dust rule working out fine so far, Main reports (291)
  • Settlements:
    • Fly rock settlement rejected where Secretary sought 97% penalty reduction (292)
    • Judge reluctantly dismisses case where Secretary vacates citation instead of offering explanations (293)
    • Judge rejects 55% penalty reduction and places vacated citations on public record (295)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (297)

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UBB Exhibits Will Be Publicly Available through U.S. Attorney

This in from the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding the criminal case of U.S. v. Donald L. Blankenship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Pursuant to the Court’s directive in the case of United States v. Blankenship, all government exhibits admitted into evidence and published to the jury will be made available to the press and the public no later than 9:00 a.m., the day after admission and publication of the exhibits. The exhibits will be posted to a link on the website of United States Attorney Booth Goodwin at http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv.

Today the court heard from Tracy Stumbo as the first government witness.

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