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MSHA Defends Its Inspection Record, Says Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Was Preventable

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 coal mines at least four times a year and gets things...

Hazard Complaints Result In Surprise Inspections at 3 Massey-Owned Mines

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 Energy Co. Following each investigation, MSHA...

MSHA Expands Upper Big Branch Explosion Investigation Team

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 the cause of the explosion that occurred April...

NIOSH Announces Members of Panel to Examine MSHA Internal Review

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 in the wake of the explosion at the Upper Big...

MSHA Announces Series of Public Meetings to Bolster Transparency in Investigation of Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

Arlington , VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced it plans to hold two public hearings, two public forums and a public comment period as part of its overall federal investigation into the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch...

ASSE Urges Congress to Act on OSHA, MSHA Budgets

DES PLAINES, IL - The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) generally supported the Administration’s FY 2011 budget for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), but urged Congressional leaders today to ensure the funds...

MSHA's Statement on Ruling and Citations Disputed by Massey

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 a result of today's oral decision* by...

US: SoL Solis Statement on Introduction of New Mine Safety Legislation

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 Miller represents an historic step to strengthen...

MSHA Reminds Mining Industry About Miners’ Rights

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - Bulletins pertaining to the rights of miners who make hazardous condition complaints and request inspections, as well as miners' protections against discrimination. MSHA decided to distribute these guidelines based on testimony delivered in May during a House...

MSHA Takes Steps To Overhaul 'Broken' Pattern Of Violations Program

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced new screening criteria for the pattern of violations enforcement program, which gives the agency additional enforcement tools to use at mines with a history of violating safety standards...

MSHA Announces Tougher POV Provisions, Responds To OIG Audit

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the second phase in major reforms to its pattern of violations process, which includes tougher provisions for mines with chronic and persistent violations of significant health and...

MSHA Increases Focus On Implementation Of Exposure Monitoring

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced an increased focus on exposure monitoring at metal and nonmetal mines throughout the country to ensure better worker protection from overexposure to harmful airborne contaminants...

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

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 (UBB) mine. The Committee concluded that the mine operator...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/22/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: New Study Analyzes Ethnic Disparities Among Injured Construction Workers . MSHA: Mining Fatality, Injury...