Vol. 18, No. 19

  • Accidents:
    • Truck plunges over bench in highwall collapse at Tuscaloosa Resources (520)
    • Trailing cable caused shock at Aracoma’s Hernshaw mine (520)
    • Two burned by lime dust at O’Neal Quarry (521)
    • Newmont’s Leeville mine Hoist breakdown and temporarily traps 61 (521)
    • Gilsonite plant burns down (522)
    • Morton Salt reports massive roof fall (522)
    • Pinnacle Mine permitted to restart mining operations (523)
  • Black Lung: Widow’s case denied due to late filing of subsequent claim (523)
  • Discovery:
    • ALJ sides with American Coal in discovery dispute over MSHA inspector notes (524)
    • MSHA’s Special Assessment Review protected under “work product privilege” (524)
  • Equal Access to Justice Act: Small janitorial company not entitled to EAJA fees (525)
  • Equipment Safety: Company’s replacement safety tags don’t violate settlement with Joy Technologies (526)
  • Fatalities:
    • Machinery accident kills 23-year-old coal miner at Owlco Energy LLC Mine (527)
    • Unsafe work on moving belt was common at Bolinder Resources, MSHA alleges (528)
    • Failure to bolt loose layer caused death of limestone miner at Subtropolis Mining (529)
  • General News: Lehigh Hanson focuses on workers after employee-driver murders, injures fellow co-workers (530)
  • Inspections: Pennsylvania DEP exceeded authority when citing coal companies for violations, accidents (531)
  • Labor Relations: Cary Salt ordered to reinstate 84 workers with back-pay (532)
  • Pattern of Violations: Vision Coal mine added to POV status after MSHA document audit (533)
  • Water Quality:
    • N.H. operator pays $200,000 fine for water quality violations with $300,000 in upgrades (533)
    • Arch Coal agrees to pay $2 million to settle selenium pollution lawsuit (534)
    • Groups sue operator over selenium at W.Va. mine (534)
  • Review Commission and ALJ Decisions (535)