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House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by John Stahl

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch ... Read More

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by John Stahl

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch... Read More

MSHA's Notice of Decisions on Petitions for Safety Standard Modification
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces mine operator compliance with mandatory safety and health standards that protect miners and improve safety and health conditions in U.S. mines. This Federal Register... Read More

Statement By Labor Secretary On Mine Safety Protection Act Of 2010
Posted on 9 Dec 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives' vote of 214-193 on the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2010. The measure was taken up by the... Read More

MSHA's Statement on Ruling and Citations Disputed by Massey
Posted on 9 Jun 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Arlington , VA (CompNewsNetwork) - Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, issued the following statement on a ruling in the Tiller No. 1 Mine pattern of violations case: "As... Read More

Obama Orders Review of Mine Safety and Federal Regulator Procedures
Posted on 16 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Los Angeles Times reports that President Obama has ordered a full-scale review of mine safey nationwide, which would examine lapses in mine company management and federal regulator procedures, this after 29 miners were killed at... Read More

Tags: OSHA , mine safety

VA: Gov to Restore Funding for Mine Safety
Posted on 13 Apr 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Richmond, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that he will propose an amendment to the biennial budget recently passed by the General Assembly to increase funding for the safety component of the Department of Mines, Minerals... Read More

Hazard Complaints Result In Surprise Inspections at 3 Massey-Owned Mines
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Arlington , VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that MSHA inspectors responded to three separate anonymous complaints about hazardous conditions at three coal mines owned by Massey... Read More

NIOSH Announces Members of Panel to Examine MSHA Internal Review
Posted on 6 May 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today announced the members of a panel that will examine the process and outcomes of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) internal review... Read More

US: SoL Solis Statement on Introduction of New Mine Safety Legislation
Posted on 2 Jul 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Secretary Solis today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 (H.R. 5663) in the U.S. House of Representatives: "The legislation introduced today by Congressman... Read More

MSHA Expands Upper Big Branch Explosion Investigation Team
Posted on 6 May 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the formation of a supplemental investigation group to augment the efforts of the agency's accident investigation team to determine... Read More

MSHA Defends Its Inspection Record, Says Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Was Preventable
Posted on 19 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joseph A. Main, the assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, writes in an editorial published in USA Today that the federal Mine Safety and Health Adminstration (MSHA) conducts comprehensive inspections of underground... Read More

Chairman Miller Statement on President Obama’s Comments On Mine Safety
Posted on 16 Apr 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s comments after meeting with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the... Read More

Tags: OSHA , mine safety

WV: Massey Energy to Begin Discussing Benefits Packages for Miners' Survivors
Posted on 15 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

JULIAN, WV - The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Massey Energy will begin discussing benefits packages for survivors of the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, but it remains to be seen if the company packages will deter multimillion... Read More