Vol. 19, Nos. 23 & 24

  • Accidents:
    • Supervisors said to know of shaft rotation danger before injury at Argos Cement (648)
    • Repairman at Empire Mine hospitalized after his pick-up collides with massive hauler (649)
    • Contractor truck owner-driver hurt in overturn at Michigan pit (650)
    • Troy Mine scales back production after rock fall (650)
    • Roof fall buries coal haulage equipment at Rosebud Mine (650)
    • Penalties pending on 7 unwarrantable failures, more than 6 months after entrapment at D&F Deep Mine (651)
  • Americans With Disabilities Act: ADA claim filed against Texas mining company (652)
  • Black Lung:
    • Doctor’s opinion sufficient in black lung claim; widow awarded benefits (652)
    • Twenty-year-long black lung case remanded to ALJ on evidence technicality (653)
    • Restored black lung provisions did not violate Due Process or Fifth Amendment (654)
  • Citations: Waste can violation slammed (654)
  • Compensation:
    • Underlying order is separate case from Sect111 compensation claim (655)
    • ALJ denies Hecla motion for summary decision on compensation for idled workers (656)
  • Contractors:
    • UBB contractor is subject to Mine Act jurisdiction; ALJ upholds two training violations (657)
    • Engineering firm for Crandall Canyon Mine subject to Mine Act jurisdiction (659)
  • Criminal Proceedings:
    • Former Massey subsidiary president charged with criminal conspiracy (661)
    • 4th Circuit upholds UBB security chief’s criminal conviction (661)
    • Fraudulent MSHA training lands ‘instructor’ in jail (662)
  • Discrimination:
    • Miners win temporary reinstatement in three separate cases (662)
    • Miner who left job after three days has no discrimination claim under the Mine Act (663)
  • Fatalities:
    • Bulldozer operator fatally engulfed in slurry pond at Consol mine (665)
    • Mine loses second electrician to mobile equipment since 2010 (667)
    • Rib hazards went unaddressed before fatality in Alpha’s Kingston No2 (668)
    • Danger known in coal refuse quarry before death of owner (670)
    • Drowned foreman in Oklahoma had driven heavy machine onto crumbling pond divider (672)
    • Contract demolition crew had no fall protection at KC #1 Mine (673)
  • General News: Patriot Coal bankruptcy case moves to Missouri (676)
  • Jurisdiction: 3rd Circuit denies Shamokin Filler’s petition for review (675)
  • Pattern of Violations: Six mines get “pattern” advisories, 14 more under review (676)
  • Perspectives: Special Assessment Forms should be available for public review (679)
  • Private Suits:
    • UBB families bring lawsuit against Alpha for restitution payments (680)
    • Montana court says worker’s cancer case against Stillwater can move forward (681)
  • Rulemakings: Pennsylvania to mandate defibulators in
    underground coal mines (682)
  • Ventilation Plans: Mach Mining appeals to 7th Circuit and D.C Circuit on ventilation case (682)
  • Whistleblower Protection: Gathering to commemorate new law recognizes MSHA whistleblower (683)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decision (685)