Vol22, No18 & 19

  • Accidents:
    • Broken leg prompts 8th MSHA accident investigation this year at Process Energy (377)
    • Nonfatal injury at Jasper Stone resembles Hockley Mine fatality (379)
    • Miner breaks arm while drilling at Peerless Rachel Mine (380)
  • Congressional Hearings: At Hill hearing, NMA argues for delay of new coal-mine dust samplers (381)
  • Discrimination:
    • Judge erred in dismissing complaint against TMK Enterprise Security (387)
    • Safety director’s complaint upheld, but bankruptcy issues complicate damages (388)
  • Evidence: ALJ dismisses citation for lack of evidence from Secretary (389)
  • Fatalities:
    • Floodwater hid ditch in fatal excavator overturn at PCS Phosphate’s Swift Creek Mine (390)
    • “Reactive approach” blamed for death from falling coal in Deep Mine 41.391 6th Circuit upholds $157,500 in penalties involving Rex Coal brake failure case (394)
  • Hoists: Commission upholds violation where hoisting speed of bucket exceeded standard (395)
  • Inspections: Small Iowa operator continues to defy MSHA citations, orders according to ALJ decision (396)
  • Delinquent mines tops impact inspections for violations (399)
  • Part 50 Reporting: Judge vacates three alleged reporting violations stemming from audit (401)
  • Unwarrantable Failure: Accident not due to unwarrantable failure where workers had training (403)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (405)