Today is National Miners Day

December 6 is National Miners Day, a day designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners both past and present. As stated

Federal Judge: OSHA may proceed with new safety incentive and drug testing enforcement

Bloomberg BNA reports that OSHA can begin enforcing, as of December 1, 2016, its rule restricting safety incentives and drug testing programs.  A federal judge decided

OSHA issues final rule establishing procedures for handling retaliation complaints under the Affordable Care Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable

Shocking Mine Safety Conditions Uncovered in Congo by The Washington Post

The Washinton Post published a remarkable story today on the mine safety conditions facing cobalt miners in Congo.  This is a must read article for anyone

MINExpo 2016 begins

Big trucks, big everything, the scale of the equipment here is astounding. We will focus most of our posts on Twitter so follow us @worksafereport

WSR Goes to Vegas for MINExpo International 2016

The Workplace Safety Report will be attending a number of mining-industry events over the next week starting with the Mine Safety & Health Law Special

OSHA pilots new, expedited whistleblower review process in Western Region

Agency allows complainants to request judicial review to speed process The U.S. Department of Labor is launching a new pilot process in its Western region.

OSHA Blogs on How to Protect Workers from Zika Exposure

OSHA has updated its blog with a new post on protecting employees from Zika virus exposure. Citing its interim guidance and updated CDC information about the potential

Respirable coal mine dust rule enters final phase of implementation

Effective today, the overall respirable dust standard in coal mines is reduced from 2.0 to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter of air. The rule also reduces

Star Wars Producers Plead Guilty in Harrison Ford Injury Case

Even Han Solo cannot avoid workplace injuries.  Battling stomtroopers has its risks, and the British Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s national regulator for workplace health

2016 Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest Underway

Thirty-seven mine rescue teams from 18 states are in Reno this week for the 2016 Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest sponsored by the U.S Department

Coal Mining Operators Largely Compliant with New Respirable Dust Standards

MSHA announced today that approximately 99 percent of the respirable coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance

OSHA’s New Electronic Reporting Rule Delayed: But Contains Hidden Employer Obligations Starting December 1, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injury and illness reports, but if you skipped OSHA’s commentary that accompanies the rule, it would be easy to miss additional notification and anti-discrimination implications for covered employers. OSHA’s position on what may constitute retaliatory adverse actions is

U.S. Manufacturers challenge new OSHA reporting requirements

The Hill reports that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has filed a lawsuit challenging OSHA’s new workplace injury and illness rule.  The rule requires companies, especially

Huge increase in OSHA and certain MSHA fines announced

OSHA announced an increase to its penalties today of nearly 80 percent and some MSHA fines will increase by several thousand dollars as well.  The new civil penalty amounts, courtesy of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after

MSHA steps up enforcement of rules to live by

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will begin enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, and nine underground coal mine exam rule standards focused on the greatest risks to miners in underground coal mines. Beginning July 1, MSHA will

Mine safety chief commemorates MINER Act’s 10th anniversary

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine

MSHA proposes rule on workplace examinations at US metal, nonmetal mines

The proposed rule would strengthen and improve MSHA’s standards for metal and nonmetal working place examinations by requiring that: A competent person examine the working

Final OSHA Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA has issued its final, revised recordkeeping rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, and requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are

Senators Submit Voluntary Protection Program Act for Consideration

As reported by the Wyoming Business Report, Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi and Colorado Democrat Senator Michael Bennet have sponsored legislation to codify the voluntary protection program

OSHA Publishes Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak that is spreading into the United States.  This interim guidance provides employers and workers with information and guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.

San Francisco Mandates Solar Power on New Buildings

The City of San Francisco announced today that it will now mandate solar photovoltaic or solar water panels on all new residential and commercial buildings of 10 floors or less.  The

MSHA Stakeholder Meeting Announced for May 12, 2016 (updated)

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will hold a stakeholder meeting Monday April 25, 2016, with mining industry leaders for Coal and Metal and Nonmetal.

MSHA: 2015 was the safest year in mining history

2015 was the safest year in mining history, both in terms of number of deaths and fatal and injury rates. MSHA maintains that these rates are

OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.  View OSHA’s web

New York Times: New Final OSHA Rules to Reduce Silica Exposure at Work Sites to be announced Thursday, March 24 2016

The New York Times broke the news this morning that the Labor Department plans to announce on Thursday new rules that sharply reduce workplace exposure to silica, a potentially deadly mineral found in materials commonly used in construction and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. As reported by the Times: Under the new rules, permitted exposures to silica

Urgent Inspection Bulletin: Safety Recall Issued by Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the following bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8

Over 10,000 OSHA severe injury reports submitted in 2015 under new rules

OSHA has announced that in the first year of its new reporting requirements, over 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to the agency. “In case after

NIOSH issues suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change

Spring is in the air and with it comes the time change to account for daylight savings.  Do not forget to set your clocks forward one hour this

US Government Wants to Protect Workers from Killer Robots

In the late fall of 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an article and blog entry describing the increasing complexity of robots and proposing a number of recommendations for protecting workers interacting with robotic workers. Readers of Isaac Asimov will immediately think of the three laws of robotics, but 21st

MSHA Implements Phase II of Respirable Dust Rule

On February 1, 2016, Phase II of MSHA’s respirable dust rule went into effect.  It requires mine operators: To use continuous personal dust monitors (CPDMs)

MSHA touts favorable Court of Appeals ruling on coal dust rule

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied a challenge brought by two separate groups representing the coal industry to the final

Three coal mining deaths in 19 days are ‘troubling,’ says MSHA chief

The year of 2016 is not off to a good start in terms of fatalities in the coal mining industry.  MSHA head Joe Main released

US mining deaths dropped to new lows in 2015

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) indicate that 28 miners died in 2015 in work-related accidents at the nation’s