Vol. 20, No. 8

  • Accidents:
    • Miner’s leg broken at Quecreek #1 (225)
    • Lightning burns worker at limestone quarry (226)
    • Highwall failure closes iconic Bingham Canyon Mine (227)
    • Underground fire empties Hecla mine (228)
    • Coal miners trapped 4½ hours on hoist (229)
    • Gas ignition surprises gold ore processor (230)
    • Wyoming trona mine has recurring impoundment leak (230)
    • Computer games teach accident awareness for miners (230)
  • Budget: MSHA FY 2014 budget, with small overall increase, would slash training (232)
  • Continuous Miners: Keep continuous miner cable away from solenoids, MSHA warns (234)
  • Discrimination: 6th Circuit upholds ALJ decision on Scott Howard case (234)
  • Fatalities:
    • Death from slippage of pipe section is fifth since 2007 (235)
    • Salt miner killed by falling material from shaft wall (237)
    • Driller killed at quarry had gap in task training, worked alone (238)
    • Coal mine gets proximity detector after fatal accident (239)
  • On the Move:
    • Economist is MSHA Deputy Director of Standards (241)
    • Eddie Lopez moves on to Morenci Mine (241_
  • Private Suits: Miner’s lawsuit dismissed where ICG Beckley lacked actual knowledge of condition (242)
  • Self-Contained Self-Rescuers: MSHA alerts industry on possible SCSR problem (242)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (244)

Vol. 20, No. 7

  • Accidents:
    • Fire out at Blacksville No2 Mine (184)
    • Quarry driller survives entanglement by rotating steel (185)
    • Roof collapse at Pattison Sand investigated (185)
  • Budget:
    • Judge rejects “backlog” office closing as adequate reason for trial delay (186)
    • State grants programs gutted by budget cuts and sequester (186)
  • Civil Penalties:
    • Appeals court sends late-filed delinquent penalty cases back to Commission (188)
    • D&C Mining defaults on penalties; court places hold on property and equipment (188)
    • As budget crisis hits MSHA, operators, contractors owe $69.8 million in delinquent penalties (189)
    • Commission remands Wolf Run to ALJ for determination on whether a violation was “flagrant” (199)
    • ALJ Barbour upholds “flagrant” finding for electrical violation, but lowers penalty to $110,000 (200)
  • Equipment Safety: MSHA warns of catastrophic failures of hydraulic filter presses (201)
  • Fatalities:
    • Former Crandall Canyon miner dies in roof fall (202)
    • Blasting accident at North Stone kills one (203)
    • Baily Mine examiner’s cause of death in doubt (203)
    • Lack of fall protection resulted in fatal paralysis at Sterling Materials mine (204)
    • Eagle Peak Rock bulldozer operator in fatality was dealing with mechanical problems (205)
    • McCoy Elkhorn mine should have acted on rib problems before fatality, MSHA concludes (207)
  • Inspections: MSHA highlights Fork Creek No1 Mine after impact inspection (209)
  • Investigations: IG still finds flaws in MSHA roof control plan approvals (211)
  • Legislation: Mine safety bill emphasizes underground coal and “gassy” metal/nonmetal mines (212)
  • Settlements: Judge rejects settlement; denies CLR appearance before the Commission (215)
  • Unwarrantable Failure: Violations that are moderate negligence can also be due to an unwarrantable failure (216)
  • Workers’ Compensation: Miner injured at James River Coal Co awarded enhanced benefits (217)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (219)