Vol23, No2

  • Accidents:
    • Truck Driver severely hurt in Batavia underground limestone mine (38)
    • Miner’s leg broken by belt conveyor at Tata Chemicals (39)
    • Flying hitch component breaks bone near miner’s eye at Cumberland Mine (39)
    • Fan door falls on miner at idled Rockhouse Creek No8 (40)
    • Two Injured by blasting incident in Pleasant Hill Underground Coal Mine (41)
    • Miner fractures skull in fall through ceiling at CR Minerals San Juan Plant (42)
    • After 10 months, fire keeps Deer Run Mine indefinitely idled (42)
    • Miner has pelvis fractured on longwall at McElroy’s Marshall County Mine (43)
    • Owner of Lee Excavation falls 10 feet from platform (44)
    • Cargill salt mine remains idle after 17 trapped due to hoist problems (44)
  • Discrimination:
    • Company ordered to reinstate miner where it is a “successor-in-interest” (44)
    • Judge Adds party to miner’s 105(c)(3) discrimination complaint (46)
    • Discovery motion denied in discrimination claim involving claim against miners (47)
    • Medically-related absence is not a basis for discrimination (47)
  • Dust Standards: 11th Circuit upholds dust rule with new monitors to be used Feb1 (48)
  • Fatalities:
    • 4 West Mine has second fatality in 8 months (51)
    • Third coal-mining death in January involves continuous miner at Dotiki Mine (52)
    • Wobbling brake pedal, lack of safety chain cited in death at Gateway Mine (54)
    • Unstable material on stockpile caused fatal slide at Pinky’s Aggregates (56)
  • Inspections: MSHA issues orders at three cement plants during Nov.-Decimpact inspections (57)
  • Safeguards: Split commission upholds four safeguard violations for mud filled travelway (61)
  • Settlements: Settlement rejected where Secretary sought high penalty reductions (62)
  • Significant and Substantial:
    • Redundant safety measures are irrelevant to S&S inquiry (64)
    • Court upholds ALJ findings of S&S, high negligence at Mach Mining(66)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (68)