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Secretary of Labor Challenges Commission Authority to Review Adequacy of Settlements

USA - September 14 2016 Section 110(k) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (“Mine Act”) provides that settlements of proposed penalties must be approved by the…

MSHA Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts to Change Effective August 1, 2016

USA - July 14 2016 The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that will adjust the penalty amounts for Mine Act violations. The IFR was issued…

Analyzing MSHA’s Proposed Proximity Detection Rule for Scoops and Coal Haulage Machines

USA - December 16 2015 Underground mining operations pose a number of hazards to miners even when mine operators implement and exercise the utmost of safety precautions…