Vol. 20, No. 14

  • Accidents:
    • Contractors overcome by fumes at Barrick mine facility (409)
    • Adverse roof conditions temporarily suspend production at Cumberland Mine (410)
    • Blasting mishap at Pennsylvania quarry sends rocks in to homes and cars (410)
  • Air Quality: Holcium to pay $700,000 fine for air quality violations (410)
  • Benefits: UMWA members continue protests to save health care benefits; 30 arrested (411)
  • Closure Orders: State of Colorado shuts down gold mine (412)
  • Criminal Proceedings:
    • Horvath to enter guilty plea (412)
    • Judge lowers fine for Manalapan; company to pay $150,000 (414)
  • Discovery: Chief ALJ orders discovery where company sought assurances against potential 110(c) charges (415)
  • Fatalities:
    • Another underground miner fatally struck by mobile equipment (415)
    • West Virginia mine agency issues report on fatal impoundment failure (417)
  • General News:
    • MSHA closing Wilkes Barre, PaDistrict Office (419)
    • Despite downturn in coal, Pennsylvania slates $900,000 for training center (419)
  • Perspectives: Justice Served? (420)
  • Safeguards: MSHA issues withdrawal orders, safeguard to Excel’s No3 Mine (421)
  • Water Quality: Consol announces new water treatment plant for W.Vamines (421)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (423)

Vol 20, No. 13

  • Accidents:
    • Roof Fall injures two at site of 2005 roof-fall fatality (381)
    • Haul truck driver survives 37-foot plunge into quarry (382)
    • Straying customer injured at sand mine (383)
    • Fire lasts 8 hours in underground stone operation (383)
    • Emerald Mine No1 Reports fifth major roof/rib fall in 12 months (384)
  • Congressional Hearings: Operators target MSHA in North Carolina field hearing (384)
  • Discrimination: ALJ issues “cease and desist” order where company sued miner in state court (387)
    • Fatalities:
      • Insufficient warning given to exit quarry pit before fatal explosives accident (389)
      • Kentucky operator cited in death of contractor with one-man welding business (390)
      • Secretary drops negligence findings where scaler killed in 2008 accident (392)
      • Settlement approved in citation stemming from fatal rib roll (393)
    • Injunctions: Judge threatens operator with arrest for ignoring court order (393)
    • Inspections: Impact inspection temporarily shuts mine with scofflaw record (395)
    • On the Move:
      • MSHA fills field supervisory positions (399)
      • Law firm gains leading industry attorneys (399)
    • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (400)