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DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, December 03, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 1st

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

We take a look at safety news from the past week. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending December 1st


EHS Today reports that

Three Safety Organizations Are Asking For Congressional Support for OSHA, NIOSH

The safety organizations, ASSE, NSC and AIHA appealed to Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to  encourage funding for OSHA and NIOSH by preventing proposed House appropriations bill riders that could negatively impact OSHA and NIOSH’s funding.

(read the article here)


Four U.S. Mines Told They'll Face Greater Safety Scrutiny

Federal regulators have notified four mine operators that they have a potential pattern of violations and will face more scrutiny.

 The Mine Safety and Health Administration says warning letters were sent to two West Virginia mines — Ten-Mile Coal Co. Inc.'s No. 4 Mine in Harrison County and Argus Energy's Deep Mine No. 8 in Wayne County. Letters also were sent to Pike Floyd Mining Inc.'s No. 3 Mine in Pike County, Ky., and Noranda Alumina's Gramercy Facility in St. James County, La.

Other mines, which are shutdown, have been told they will be receiving warning letters when they resume operations.

Read the story here


MSHA out to get mines? No, MSHA says the citations are necessary

Stiffer federal penalties implemented six years ago to crack down on unsafe mining operations have not improved safety, but those penalties are one more strain forcing some mines to close, some industry experts claim.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it isn’t pushing anyone out of business. The agency said in 2011, mining fatality and injury rates reached historic lows. The agency also said the number of mines with chronic violations is declining.

Read the story in the Southern Illinoisian


Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending November 24th
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Rules Put Crimp In News Photos
OSHA Fatality Report - November 2011

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