Vol. 20, No. 1

In this issue …

  • Accidents:
    • Two overcome by hydrogen sulphide gas at mine-site rail facility (1)
    • Driver pinned by fallen truck (3)
    • Driller hurt in fall from vehicle (3)
    • Bolter operator survives roof fall (3)
    • Civil Penalties: Some MSHA civil penalties increasing (4)
  • Combustible Materials: D.C. Circuit upholds ALJ findings in Black Beauty case (4)
    • Fatalities:
      • 2012 mining deaths at near-record lows (5)
      • Truck driver had little training before fatal underground crash (8)
      • MSHA adds 2009 incident to fatality record (10)
      • Supervisor motioned loader forward before being fatally struck (12)
      • Fatal fall at Maine sand and gravel mine was not work-related (12)
    • General News:With no announcement, Sentinels of Safety leaves MSHA, trademarked by NMA (13)
    • Housekeeping: Service bed of truck can be considered a “working place” (15)
    • Inspections: Kentucky operator plans closure following third impact inspection (15)
    • On the Move: West Virginia Gets new mine safety director (17)
    • Regulatory Agenda: Pattern of violations rule could be final early in 2013 (17)
    • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (20)