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Archive for January, 2012

Vol. 19, No. 2

Posted by Ellen Smith on January 23, 2012

  • Accidents:
    • Iron workers hurt in frame overturn at Tunnel Ridge Coal Mine (36)
    • Fall injures contract driller at Freeport McMoRan’s Twin Buttes Mine (36)
    • Iowa company in withdrawal order dispute reports another ground fall (37)
    • Fire in coal storage area at iron ore mine ends without injury (38)
    • Miners trapped 2

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Vol. 19, No. 1

Posted by Ellen Smith on January 9, 2012

  • Accidents:
    • Three rescued in zinc mine fire in Tennessee (2)
    • Steel bar causes injury to coal miner at Dominion Coal Corp. mine (3)
    • Workers hurt in fall from rebar structure at Martin Marietta mine in Ohio (3)
    • Reported explosion hurls siding into worker at Minnesota ore operation (4)
    • Operator and contractor cited in blasting accident that damaged three houses (4)
    • Driver unhurt in second contractor truck incident at Barrick Goldstrike mine (5)
  • Civil Penalties:
    • ALJ upholds previous decision vacating over $1 million in delayed penalty assessments (5)
    • ALJ rejects penalty settlement for lacking sufficient details (6)
  • Criminal Proceedings: Court did not err in accepting plea of miner who falsified certification credentials (6)

  • Discrimination:
    • Hepburnia Coal agrees to pay fine, conduct miners’ rights training (7)
    • Miner safety advocate loses case under Kentucky state law (7)
  • Equipment Safety:
    • Power supply must be replaced in coal mine equipment, MSHA decides (8)
    • DeWalt recalls handles on some grinders and sanders (9)
  • Fatalities:
    • MSHA declines jurisdiction in december death at barge facility (10)
    • Mining under rock pillar led to Lucky Friday silver mine fatality (11)
    • Obstructed line of sight contributed to fatality at Martin County Coal. Co. Voyager #7 mine (13)
    • Industry holds fatal accidents close to low record in 2011 (15)
  • Ground Control: Ground control citation vacated, but imminent danger order upheld (18)
  • Imminent Danger: ALJ upholds imminent danger order at JWR mine (20)
  • Rulemaking: Security and Exchange Commission

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