Vol. 19, No. 11

  • Accidents:
    • Continuous miner operators hurt at two related mines (328)
    • Underground crash injures two at Cumberland mine (329)
    • Alpha says Road Fork conveyor belt incident was not ‘life-threatening’ (330)
    • No violations in fall off dredge ladder (330)
    • Driver of customer truck injured in runaway (331)
    • San Juan Mine returns to longwall production after fire (331)
    • Kline hits MSHA on in-house injury record (332)
  • Black Lung: 4th Circuit upholds benefits for widow after 8th appeal of case (333)
  • Civil Penalties: Mize Quarries agrees to civil penalty payment plan under court agreement (334)
  • Compliance Corner: POV history in partially contested cases (335)
  • Criminal Proceedings: Supervisor receives $500 fine for submitting false training documents (335)
  • Discrimination: Procedural error sends temporary reinstatement case back to ALJ (336)
  • Fatalities:
    • Underground truck driver may be third death for Kentucky limestone mine (336)
    • Cement plant worker killed after struck by loader (339)
    • Foreman dies from excavator overturn (339)
    • Overturn fatal despite seat belt and rollover protection (340)
  • Hazard Alerts:
    • MSHA issues summer warning on lightning hazards (341)
    • Tire maintenance accidents bring hazard alert (342)
  • Labor Relations:
    • Arbitrator upholds firing of MSHA inspector where advance notice given to trucker (342)
    • NLRB’s Terrance Flynn resigns after ethical violations found by IG (343)
  • On the Move: Tony Mayville replaces Greg Wagner at MSHA (344)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Commission upholds MSHA access to medical, payroll records (345)
  • Private Suits: Fired foreman files lawsuit against gold company (347)
  • Workers’ Compensation:
    • Worker entitled to disability finding even though back working at higher pay (347)
    • Kentucky court agrees with worker’s claim dismissal for shoulder injury (348)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (350)

Vol. 19, No. 10

  • Accidents:
    • Fractured back reported at new Canadian-owned mine in Pennsylvania (301)
    • Hazard complaint results in order at limestone mine (302)
    • Mines with good safety records not immune to equipment fires (303)
    • Underground gold mine shut down after blasting unleashes torrent of water (303)
  • Berms and Guardrails: Truck scale at portable crusher does not need berms or guardrails (305)
  • Black Lung: Illinois court reinstates miner’s black lung benefits, reversing lower court (308)
  • Criminal Proceedings: Miner loses probation status (309)
  • Discrimination: Title VII discrimination claim dismissed because of late filing (309)
  • Fatalities:
    • 74-year old machine in fatality at Consol’s Shoemaker mine lacked safety features (310)
    • Supports built in wrong places before fatal roof fall at Mingo Logan (312)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act: Aracoma widows’ appeal head this week (314)
  • General News: U.S. Attorney announces Alpha Foundation board of directors (314)
  • Pattern of Violations: ALJ upholds POV status for Bledsoe’s Abner Branch Rider Mine (316)
  • Private Suits: Mississippi court rules wrongful death suit filed too late by miner’s family (317)
  • UBB Widow: Massey defrauded families (318)
  • Workers’ Compensation: Kentucky miner entitled to greater benefits than were originally awarded (319)
  • Review Commission, ALJ Decisions & Settlements (321)