Vol. 22, No. 12 & 13

  • Accidents:
    • Employee Severely hurt by arc flash at Lee Creek Phosphate Mine (264)
    • Dozer operator needs spleen removed after injury at Barrick Cortez (265)
    • First reported injury at Friendsville Sand might have been fatal (266)
    • 44-employee CVB No. 1, site of rib-roll injury, has 22 hurt in less than 2 years
    • (267)
    • Two knocked down but unhurt in possible explosion at D-10 Dorchester (267)
    • Massive roof fall spares approaching employee at Buchanan #1 (268)
    • Roof fell around mobile supports during retreat mining at Black Oak (268)
    • Five workers get chemical burns from wet concrete at Kosse Strip (269)
    • Defective welding equipment causes electric shock at Roanoke Cement (270)
    • Continuous miner operator survives collision with machine at XMV No. 40 (270)
  • Civil Penalties: Dissolution of company renders $1.6 million in fines uncollectible; cases moot (271)
  • Discovery: Judge denies sanctions against small operator in discovery dispute (272)
  • Discrimination:
    • 3rd Circuit sends case back to FMSHRC because of conflicting opinions (273)
    • Murray Energy ordered to temporarily reinstate miner who was fired for writing profanity on check (274)
    • ALJ rejects handwriting expert testimony in decision on remand (275)
    • Equal Access to Justice Act: Company awarded fees where delay in inspection was justified (276)
  • Examinations: Case remanded for unwarrantable failure analysis where parts of mine impassible (278)
  • Fatalities:
    • 18-year old dies in silo collapse at Luck Stone (279)
    • Loader operator engulfed in stockpile slide at Pinky’s Aggregates (280)
    • Drill operator dies in Small Mine Development’s SSX Underground Gold Operation (281)
    • United Salt pays $4,564 in penalties following mechanic’s death At Hockley Mine (282)
    • Lack of safe overhead-storage access caused death at Gardenscape of New York (284)
    • Diesel unit had multiple safety issues in fatality at West Ridge Mine (285)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Court denial upholds reporting of smoldering coal stockpile (289)
  • Respirable Dust: year-old respirable-dust rule working out fine so far, Main reports (291)
  • Settlements:
    • Fly rock settlement rejected where Secretary sought 97% penalty reduction (292)
    • Judge reluctantly dismisses case where Secretary vacates citation instead of offering explanations (293)
    • Judge rejects 55% penalty reduction and places vacated citations on public record (295)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (297)