Vol. 19, No.18

  • Accidents:
    • Contractor Taggart Site Services has fifth significant injury of 2012 (517)
    • Water line failure causes facial injury to Enlow Fork miner (519)
    • Rock dislodges, breaks thigh bone of auger miner (520)
    • Coal mine foreman dragged under conveyor roller at North Fork mine (520)
    • Coal burst buries equipment operator during retreat mining at Panther Mining (521)
    • Underground collision didn’t rate federal investigation (521)
    • Roof collapses behind continuous mining machine in low-coal Rosebud mine (522)
  • Budget: MSHA to save $500,000/yrby cutting back on compliance-guidance mailings (523)
  • Discrimination:
    • Commission upholds temporary reinstatement of Star Mine worker (523)
    • ALJ must look at company’s beliefs and reasons at time of miner’s firing, as 7 year old case is remanded (523)
  • Equipment Safety:
    • Are safety devices overloading miners? NIOSH wants to know (525)
    • Concrete, steel and wood structures turn dangerously unstable over time (526)
  • Fatalities:
    • MSHA cited contractor on fall protection before fatal fall (527)
    • Shoal Creek Mine has second fatality of 2012 (527)
    • Roof fall claims life at Blacksville No2 (528)
    • Seatbelt might have saved miner in dozer fatality (529)
    • Railing failed to prevent deadly fall during conveyor maintenance (530)
  • Jurisdiction: Company that processes and bags anthracite coal is under MSHA jurisdiction (531)
  • Mine Maps: Digitized Mine maps available from more sources (532)
  • Ventilation Plans: Termination of order did not amount to approval of plan (533)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (535)

Vol. 19, No. 17

  • Accidents:
    • Shuttle car pins coal miner at Steyer Fuel in Maryland (484)
    • Blaschak Coal Co. truck driver saved by seat belt in fall over highwall (485)
    • Seat belt saves dozer operator in rollover (485)
    • Utah miner at Zielger Chemical’s gilsonite mine hurt in shaft accident (486)
    • Illinois coal miner rescued after roof fall (486)
    • Steelworkers criticize cote blanche salt mine after shaft problems (487)
    • Roof fall buries 1/10 mile of belt entry (488)
    • Cement plant conveyor damaged by fire (488)
  • Civil Penalties:
    • ALJ is permitted to consider the deterrent effect of a proposed penalty (489)
    • Heavy caseload was a valid excuse for Secretary’s late filing of penalties (491)
  • Contracts: MSHA violations cannot trigger claim of force majeure in breach of mining contract (493)
  • Criminal Proceedings: Ky. foreman pleads guilty to falsifying records, violating mandatory standards (495)
  • Discrimination:
    • MSHA steps up discrimination-complaint filings (495)
    • Termination of safety advocate upheld due to swearing at HR director (496)
    • Commission upholds temporary reinstatement of Argus miner where mine shuttered for 25 days (497)
    • Miner not entitled to economic reinstatement where Secretary did not find merit in discrimination claim (498)
  • Fatalities:
    • Cement worker recovered 18 days after fatal fall into Florida cement silo (499)
    • Former National Guard member killed in gold mine accident at Newmont mine (500)
    • Crack in highwall was seen on shift before fatal collapse (500)
  • Inspections: Mines topping July impact inspection list also skirt penalties (503)
  • Investigations: MSHA tightens credentialing of special investigators (504)
  • Liability: Two former Massey supervisors liable for electrical violation where contractor horrifically burned (505)
  • Private Suits: Coal magnate Robert Murray sues West Virginia paper and reporter (506)
  • Safeguards: Commission upholds 12 safeguard notices while admonishing MSHA for lack of rule (507)
  • Withdrawal Orders: ALJ increases civil penalty where UBB contractor entered closed area of mine (508)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (510)