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Current Issue: Vol. 22, No. 2 | January, 30 2015

  • Accidents:
    • Contract worker seriously burned at Alcoa Bayer Plant (27)
    • Scoop knocks foreman off ladder at Deep Mine 41 (28)
    • Continuous mining machine injures employee at Kronos Mine (29)
    • Roof support crushes employee’s foot in Shoemaker Mine (29)
    • No violations found after skull fracture at Richland No. 9 (30)
    • Parke County Aggregates settles CO poisoning case for $12,000 (31)
    • Buzzi Unicem settles violation tied to contractor’s electrical shock and injury (32)
    • Pogo Mine has second ground control incident in 2 months (32)
    • Ore hoist damaged accident at Cote Blanche Mine (33)
    • Miner sues company, contractor for near-fatal accident (33)
  • Criminal Proceedings: Florida contractor begins 180 day home confinement (34)
  • Electrical Standards: Case sent back for determination of unwarrantable standards (35)
  • Fatalities:
    • MSHA responds to increase in metal and nonmetal deaths (36)
    • Rock fall causes death in Doe Run’s Fletcher Mine (37)
    • Swift Creek Phosphate Mine Is scene of fatal excavator overturn (38)
    • Unsafe fall-protection tie-off caused shaft worker death at Sunshine Mine (39)
    • Actions of Spring Creek truck driver unexplained in fatal dump-site plunge (40)
    • ALJ upholds unwarrantable failure findings for violations that led to death of Consol miner (42)
  • On the Move: From Congress to civilian life, Miller reflects on mine safety (44)
  • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (47)

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Let Freedom Ring!

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the District Court’s gag order issued in the trial of former Massey executive Donald L. Blankenship, at least in terms of the press and public’s right to view court documents.

The 4th Circuit said, “The public enjoys a qualified right of access to criminal trials; pretrial proceeding; and “documents submitted in the course of a trial,” including documents filed in connection with a motion to dismiss an indictment and other pretrial filings.

“Where the right of an accused to a fair trial is at stake, the public will not be denied access absent “specific findings . . . demonstrating that, first, there is a substantial probability that the defendant’s right to a fair trial will be prejudiced by publicity that closure would
prevent and, second, reasonable alternatives to closure cannot adequately protect the defendant’s fair trial rights.”

“Having carefully reviewed the record, although we commend the district court’s sincere and forthright proactive effort to ensure to the maximum extent possible that Blankenship’s right to a fair trial before an impartial jury will be protected, we are constrained to conclude that the order entered here cannot be sustained.”

The full text of the 4th Circuit’s ruling is here.blankenship_ca4_20150305

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