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Miners’ widows target MSHA with lawsuit

Aracoma Coal mine had "useless" fire hose, inadequate ventilation
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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has cleared the way for two miners’ widows to pursue a lawsuit against the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for its admitted failure to inspect and enforce safety regulations at the Aracoma Coal Company’s Alma Mine #1 in that state.


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OSHA updates state plan evaluation system

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OSHA has revised its system of measuring how effectively states are enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.


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MSHA, Labor Dept. lower the boom on chronic violator D&C Mining Corp.

Company taken to court after ignoring penalties
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After ten impact inspections in the last two years, the D&C Mining Corp. of Ky “still hasn’t gotten the message,” says Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.


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N.C. worker dies from hydrogen sulfide exposure

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The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) has cited Smithfield Packing Co. in Clinton for 17 safety and health violations, including failing to provide workers with personal protective equipment and training to protect themselves from exposure to hazardous chemicals.


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Deadly workplaces: Wyoming takes courtesy approach to curbing workplace deaths

By Dustin Bleizeffer
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If there’s not an abrupt change of course in Wyoming’s rate of workplace fatalities, the Cowboy State is on track to lose 36 workers to on-the-job deaths this year. They will leave behind wives, husbands, daughters, sons, parents and friends — the type of tragedy that devastates families.


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OSHA to step up construction safety efforts in Southeast

Goal: Reduce fall fatalities
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OSHA says its Southeast regional offices will increase enforcement efforts aimed at reducing an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities. Falls are one of the four leading causes of employee fatalities in the Southeast.


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Crane danger gets Chicago company $350,000+ fine

Company demonstrated “blatant disregard” for worker safety
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OSHA has cited specialty metal forgings producer A. Finkl & Sons Co. with 26 safety violations at the company's Chicago facility, including two willful violations that involve failing to provide fall protection around open pits and rectify multiple hazards found in crane inspections. Proposed penalties total $352,700.


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DuPont Sustainable Solutions looks at the other side of forklift safety

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DuPont Sustainable Solutions announces the release of Forklifts: Inspect, Recharge, Refuel, a new safety training program that goes beyond operational forklift safety training and reviews the steps for forklift inspection, engine refueling, and battery charging.


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Voluntary enforcement of workplace safety not enough, says group

Public Citizen critical of reliance on VPPs
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Lawmakers in yesterday’s U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on Voluntary Protection Programs are misguided if they think that voluntary enforcement of workplace safety is enough to keep employees safe from harm, according to advocacy group Public Citizen.


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Feds conduct multistate safety checks of buses, motorcoaches

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state and local law enforcement partners recently conducted safety inspections of motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other commercial passenger buses in 13 states and the District of Columbia. 


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