Vol. 18, No. 15 & 16

  • Accidents:
    • Silver miner falls down ore pass (427)
    • Explosion injures surface electrician at coal mine borehole (428)
    • Explosion hurts two while welding above borehole (428)
    • Foreman hurt in dozer rollover (429)
    • Falling conveyor boom hurts underground miner (429)
    • Worker pinned between backhoe parts (430)
    • Ram car crash hurts nearby miner (430)
    • Contractor in truck runaway had history of equipment defects (431)
    • Continuous miner operator pinned (431)
    • Lightning storm accompanied underground shock injury (432)
  • Citizens’ Lawsuits: Massey offers $35 million to settle slurry case (432)
  • Civil Penalties: ALJ throws out civil penalties where MSHA filed late petition (433)
  • Combustible Materials: ALJ says Commission in best position to decide “flagrant” violation (435)
  • Discrimination: Bledsoe and contractor will face federal lawsuit if miner not reinstated to job (437)
  • Fatalities:
    • Roof fall kills miner during longwall move (438)
    • Novice miner dies after losing arm in gravel pit machinery (438)
    • Longwall mechanic fatally injured by hydraulic jack (439)
    • Contract welder electrocuted at coal plant (440)
    • Mine office worker killed in accident by contractor vehicle (441)
    • Management knew of subsurface void before fatal collapse, MSHA reports (441)
    • Victim not briefed on work area, duties before fatality (443)
  • Freedom of Information Act: DOL properly exempted information under FOIA appeal of MCCC case (445)
  • Imminent Danger: Excessive violations could prompt “imminent danger” closures—but rarely do (447)
  • Trespass: Tree-sitter ends protest on Alpha property (450)
  • Review Commission and ALJ Decisions (451)