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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Are MSHA Inspectors Liable For Miner's Deaths?

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

WV supreme court to hear MSHA liability case

The West Virginia Supreme Court has set an October date to consider the issue of whether Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors can be held liable for coal miners' deaths.

The widows of two miners have sued MSHA alleging that the inspectors who failed to find problems in the mine should be held liable under West Virginia law.

Read more in the NewsOK (Oklahoman)

No workers comp for fist fight injuries on bus

Ann Belaska worked as a clerk for the New York State Department of Law. In 2009 she was involved in an altercation with a fellow passenger on a shuttle bus taking them to a satellite parking lot where their cars were parked.

Find out why workers comp was not awarded. Read the article in Business Insurance magazine.

Just what is a whistleblower? Inside the mind of a whistleblower

A new report from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) changes long-held perceptions of what constitutes a "whistleblower." For years, the term has been used to describe those employees who go outside their company to report wrongdoing.  They may do so because they do not trust their company to handle the issue appropriately or because they are angry or frustrated after their attempts at internal reporting proved to be futile. According to "Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower," whistleblowers almost always make some effort to root out wrongdoing internally before going outside the organization with their concerns.  The new report said that only two percent of employees go solely outside their companies to report misconduct.

Read about the study on PitchEngine

NEC 110 Labeling Requirements

The 2011 NEC 110 electrical code includes several labeling requirements. NEC labels are for equipment rating purposes and are in addition to arc flash labels. There are three parts to NEC "available fault current" labels:
  1. Labels are required to be field installed on new equipment
  2. The information on the labels must be checked when changes are made
  3. Some facilities are exempt from these requirements
Read the NEC 110 labeling article here.

OSHA's severe violators list nearly doubles in the past year

A program that has been in place for two years, the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), continues to grow as OSHA adds more employers to the list. Companies designated as severe violators are subject to mandatory follow-up inspections, potential federal court enforcement, and other compliance measures.

Read the story in Bloomberg BNA

OSHA implements consumer products whistleblower complaint procedures

Effective July 10, 2012 the final rule establishing the procedures for filing and processing of retaliation complaints under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) went into effect. The CPSIA protects employees of consumer product manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and private labelers from retaliation for reporting reasonably perceived violations of the CPSIA, such as an employer's failure to report a defective product to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). OSHA administers the Whistleblower Protection Program, which enforces the antiretaliation provisions of 21 federal statutes, including the CPSIA.

Read more in an article on JDSupra.

Related Past Posts:

Safety News Briefs - Letter To Congress From ASSE
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending July 14th
Safety News Briehs - Willful OSHA Violation

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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

MSHA inspectors sometimes require mines to do things that decrease safety. They should be held accountable for what they require mines to do. Mine operators have no choice about doing what MSHA says. So if MSHA is running the mine, they must be responsible for what they do.

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