David Zatezalo, a former coal mining executive from West Virginia, will be President Trump’s nominee for assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, the White House announced on Saturday in a long list of nominee announcements. In that role, he will head up the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). …

Out of the blue, MSHA cites an operator, claiming that the operator should have known that a condition or practice violated a standard.  MSHA itself—dozens of different inspectors and their supervisors—was unquestionably aware of the condition or practice for years or decades.  Now, the alleged violation must be abated.  Abatement will require significant changes, e.g. changes to the ventilation system, mine plan or to the type or equipment used at the mine.…

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced today that he is appointing Wayne Palmer to serve as the acting head of MSHA. Palmer will serve as MSHA’s deputy assistant secretary on an ongoing basis and will be the acting head of the agency until a permanent assistant secretary is nominated and confirmed.…

MSHA will propose as yet undefined changes to the Workplace Exam Rule amendments adopted on Jan 23, 2017, that require exams prior to work, new records, and communication of exam results. We also expect MSHA will soon issue a further extension of the new rule’s current Oct,…

by Kaileigh Fagan

As we continue steaming into the end of summer, here is part two of our summer safety series. With summer temperatures still affecting many parts of the country, it is important to remember OSHA’s guidance on protecting workers from the dangerous effects of extreme heat.…