Vol. 21, No. 1

  • Accidents:
    • Electrical accident injures two at Jerritt Canyon (2)
    • Cumberland Coal miner life-flighted after underground crash (3)
    • Slipping on winter ice causes head injury at Pennsylvania quarry (4)
    • Enlow Fork Mine reports belt fire, face ignition (4)
    • Nine months after pit collapse, Bingham Canyon Has 2nd lesser slide (5)
  • Black Lung: Company’s withholding of evidence not fraudulent, but ‘hardly admirable’ (6)
  • Civil Penalties: ALJ rejects request for penalty offset due to past criminal fines (7)
  • Combustible Materials: MSHA’s latest PPL raises concerns over adequate rock dusting (9)
  • Discrimination: DOL, operator reach confidential settlement with 10 miners (10)
  • Fatalities:
    • No safety records set for year with 42 mine fatalities (12)
    • Nighttime fall into frigid river leaves missing sand and gravel miner presumed dead (17)
    • More attention should have been given to Castle Valley roof problems (19)
  • General News:
    • MSHA wraps up agency procedural changes recommended after UBB explosion (22)
    • Virginia mines under new jurisdiction (22)
    • Congressman George Miller announces retirement after 40 years (23)
  • Inspections:
    • October-November impact visits produce 20 “unwarrantable” orders (23)
    • Inspector notes must document roof control discussions and observations (26)
  • Mine Plans: Water bodies in overlying mines emphasized by new permit policy (26)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Commission reverses ALJ on immediate reporting violation at Sago (27)
  • Roof Control: MSHA releases handbook on roof control plans (29)
  • Self Rescue Devices: CSE-100 Self-Rescuers should now be out of all mines (30)
  • Training: Required rescue-training modules revised for 2014 (30)
  • Ventilation:
    • ALJ rejects S&S, unwarrantable failure charges along with $138,400 in penalties (31)
    • MSHA outlines expectations on coal mine bleeders and gobs (33)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (35)