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Vol. 19, No. 7

Posted by Ellen Smith on April 2, 2012

  • Accidents:
    • Contractor shocked during preparation for shaft sinking at Pennsylvania mine (202)
    • Track hoe overturns at Alabama mine (203)
  • Black Lung:
    • Widow entitled to lifetime benefits (203)
    • Pre-1981 benefits rules reintroduced as bart of health care legislation (204)
  • Congressional Hearings: House panel mulls system failures in UBB disaster (205)
  • Criminal Proceedings:
    • UBB superintendent pleads guilty to conspiracy; others may follow (211)
    • Man charged with falsely claiming he was an MSHA-approved instructor (214)
    • Nine-count indictment filed against Kentucky miner who alleged he was a certified foreman (214)
  • Discrimination: EEOC settles racial discrimination lawsuit with Alabama ready-mix company (214)
  • Examinations:
    • Oak Grove hit with $70,000 penalty for failing to conduct weekly inspection (215)
    • MSHA finalizes examination rule for underground coal mines with Aug. 6th compliance deadline (216)
  • Fatalities:
    • Alabama miner gets fatal shock during work on shuttle car (217)
    • Foreman killed in Ohio surface accident identified (218)
    • MSHA issues preliminary report on gemstone mine fatality (218)
    • Collision with rib was fatal due to protruding rib support at Stillwater platinum mine (218)
    • Interrupted fall protection was fatal to contract ironworker at West Elk Mine (220)
  • Inspections: Advanced notice of MSHA inspections still a problem, despite publicity (222)
  • Legislation: West Virginia passes legislation with provisions exceeding federal regulations (222)
  • On the Move: Wagner back at NIOSH leaving vacancy at MSHA (227)
  • Pattern of Violations: Attorney calls POV a “death sentence” for mines; raises due process issues (227)
  • Private Suits:
    • Miner’s negligence case against Massey and contractor stays in state court (230)
    • Family of missing blasting contractor has filed suit against Mid-Coast Aggregates (231)
    • Judge denies Massey Energy Co., and directors’ motion to dismiss securities fraud lawsuit (232)
  • Water Quality: EPA exceeded authority when it changed permit conditions (233)
  • Review Commission, ALJ Decisions & Settlements (236)

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