INSIGHTS - Patton Boggs Safety & Health and Crisis Management Newsletter

    8 September 2010

    In this issue:

    1.  Safety Law Reform Bill Heads to House Floor

    2.  Harkin Pledges Bipartisan Safety Legislation in Senate

    3.  Mine Enforcement Disclosure Bill Becomes Law

    4.  MSHA Seeks Information on Metal/Non-metal Dams

    5.  Mine Agency Issues Procedural and Information Guidance

    6.  Cranes and Derricks Rule Released

    7.  OSHA Updates Whistleblower Statutes

    8.  OSHA Targeting ‘Egregious’ Violators 

    9.  Grain Facilities Come Under Increased Scrutiny

    10. OSHA Vigorously Enforcing Whistleblower Statutes

    11. OSHA Case Roundup

    12. ‘Bad Actors’ Enforcement Program Underway at MSHA

    13. MSHA Reinstates Limited Conferencing Program

    14. Virginia Mine Gets $542,400 Fine

    15. Investigators Cite Leak in Fatal Explosion

    16. Key Safety Failures Led to Fatalities at Xcel Plant 

    17. Board Seeks Safeguards after Teens Die in Blast

    18. Ammonia Release Draws Board’s Attention 

    19. Worker Seeks $6 Million after Kleen Energy Explosion

    20. Probation Set for Kentucky Coal Operator

    21. Miner Wins Discrimination Case

    22. Mesothelioma Case Settlements