Fisher Phillips: Five 2023 mine safety predictions

Editor’s note: the following is an op-ed from Fisher Phillips. As the calendar turns to a new year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration appears to have found its footing – and that means mine operators need to be on their toes in 2023. After a presidential administration change, retirements throughout the inspector ranks, and an anemic regulatory agenda, MSHA…

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The Sixth Circuit and Advance Notice – The Cavalry Never Showed Up After All

By Willa B. Perlmutter In my very first column for this publication, I wrote about the KenAmerican Resources case that was then pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Cincinnati. At the time, I wrote that I hoped the Sixth Circuit would take the opportunity to provide much-needed guidance on what exactly “advance notice”…

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A look within: Clintwood JOD No. 2

What’s old is new again, even in coal preparation, and this Kentucky facility is outlining its own legacy.  By Donna Schmidt The heart of the eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia coalfields are dotted with coal operations large and small, as well as their respective coal preparation plants. With that comes competition, of course, but also results in many miners seeking…

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Virtual reality hazard awareness training program developed

Underground and surface mines can be hazardous places, so when it comes to safety training in the mining profession, the old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. To improve hazard safety instruction, a team at South Dakota Mines has spent the past year developing a virtual reality (VR) training module that mimics a mining environment.

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Redpath breaks record again

Redpath Raiseboring has achieved another record-breaking hole, this one the longest raisebore hole ever accomplished in the Northern Hemisphere and in all of the Americas. The achievement was recorded in late May at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa mine in Ontario, Canada. “This concludes the first of the planned twin, 12-foot diameter ventilation raises extending from surface down to 5617 Level,”…

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