Vol. 19, No. 12

  • Accidents:
    • Welder has broken ribs in bulldozer maintenance incident (358)
    • Fall on track rail causes serious injury (359)
    • Equipment fire empties Alaska gold mine (359)
    • Coal miners withdrawn in ground squeeze at Alpha mine (359)
    • Anthracite miner rescued after 3-hour entrapment (360)
    • Blast in coal storage building starts fire (360)
    • Misfire idles part of Cordero mine (360)
    • Due to map error, miners hit gas well (360)
  • Black Lung:
    • Surface coal miners getting lung disease, CDC reports (362)
    • Miner with black lung can seek Illinois state benefits (363)
  • Civil Penalties:
    • Some producing mines ignore penalties for years (364)
    • Mountain Edge Mining, Secretary agree to settled civil penalty case before the 4th Circuit (366)
  • Electrical Equipment: Iron ore mine challenges interpretation of ‘de-energizing’ huge shovel (366)
  • Fatalities:
    • 39-foot fall claims life of plant mechanic (367)
    • Death is sixth in 10 years for shaft sinking contractor (368)
    • MSHA proposes penalties in first of two Lucky Friday fatalities (369)
    • Unobserved rock split in highwall led to double fatality at Armstrong Coal (370)
  • General News: UBB Family members urge federal legislation action (372)
  • Inspections: MSHA records show 22 mines have given advanced notice in last year (374)
  • Part 50 Reporting:
    • Company’s fine in excess of $1 million for failing to turn over audit information (376)
    • Judge increases fine by 63% where company failed to immediately report accident (376)
  • Safeguards: Commissioners indicate they will uphold safeguards as valid, but want rulemaking (378)
  • Training: Training promulgated in Sec. 101(a) rulemaking, so violations can be designated S&S (380)
  • Wage and Hour: Massey miners settle wage lawsuit (381)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (382)