Vol. 20, No. 16

  • Accidents:
    • Truck pins worker at Washington quarry with chronic warning-device violations (458)
    • Contractor employee survives 35-foot fall through roof at PCS Swift Creek Mine (459)
    • Coal miners extinguish underground fire in 1-hour effort at Emerald Mine (459)
    • Miners avoid injury in roof fall at Nolo Mine (460)
    • Engine fire consumes loader at New Jersey dredge operation (460)
    • Serious injury in truck runaway prompts MSHA alert (460)
    • CONSOL reports second collapse of surface conveyor system at Baily complex (461)
  • Attorney Fees: Court approves attorney fees in black lung claim work (462)
  • Black Lung: Affordable Care Act brings new benefits to claimants (462)
  • Criminal Proceedings: U.S. Attorney officially indicts Aracoma Contracting (463)
  • Diesel Equipment: Wrong diesel particulate filters can overexpose miners to nitrogen dioxide (464)
  • Discrimination:
    • Four years after EEOC finding, DOL settles MSHA employee harassment case (465)
    • Miner ordered to repay money to mining company; MSHA accused of ‘sloppy paperwork’ (466)
  • Failure to Abate: Failure to abate orders properly issued for continued violations at taconite facility (467)
  • Fatalities:
    • Runaway-truck fatality reported at Black Thunder Mine (467)
    • Truck maintenance accident ends life of 28-year-old at Amerikohl Strips (468)
    • Plant operator in Lewis County, N.Y., killed by flying metal (468)
    • Coal miner killed during retreat mining at Huff Creek No1 Mine (469)
    • Mine operator failed to enforce own “red zone” policy (469)
    • Removing salt deposit on shaft wall could have prevented fatality at Cote Blanche Mine (472)
  • General Policy: MSHA offers heads-up on forthcoming policies (473)
  • Hazard Communications: OSHA-compliant hazcom labels and MSDS can satisfy MSHA requirements (474)
  • Mine Refuges: MSHA opens door to possible changes in refuge-alternative rule (475)
  • Mine Rescue: Decisions ahead on mine rescue policies and rescue competitions (476)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Heart attack is not subject to 15 minute reporting requirements (478)
  • Settlements:
    • Stillhouse, DOL settle case where miner received crushing injuries in coal sampling unit (478)
    • Settlement documents disclose bankruptcy filing of Frasure Creek Mining (479)
  • Significant & Substantial: MSHA website now lets users figure S&S rate per 100 inspection hours (480)
  • Training:
    • Associations asked to help fill training voids as state grantees struggle (480)
    • Applications due by Aug 31 for $550,000 in Brookwood – Sago Grant funds (482)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (483)