In any given year MSHA inspections are common and required. Depending on the operation, MSHA will be on-site at least two times per year for a surface mine, and at least 4 times per year at an underground operation. But what happens when MSHA’s presence on site is more targeted, whether to investigate complaints of discrimination or interference with a miner’s rights under the Mine Act, or to look into the alleged personal culpability of a member of mine management? In these circumstances, the individual managers who typically act as the operator’s representative can be caught off guard and even be the target of the investigations This presentation will explore the framework of these investigation, and strategies for managing the investigation while also protecting the rights and defenses of individuals and the company.
Announcing Conn Maciel Carey’s 2021 MSHA Webinar Series
With the Trump Administration’s time in office behind us, mine operators must prepare for a changing MSHA regulatory landscape under the Biden Administration. While MSHA continued its mission under Assistant Secretary Zatezalo the past few years, and some significant changes to the MSHA were put into effect – like the “blurring” of the Metal/Nonmetal and Coal divisions – there are a number of outstanding items that we now expect to move forward at the direction of the Biden team. While it is yet to be seen who will head MSHA for President Biden’s term, the anticipated leaders of the Department of Labor and OSHA have strong ties to labor organizations, which historically results in more stringent regulation and greater enforcement for employers. These impacts may be even more acutely felt by the industry when MSHA eventually publishes its rulemaking efforts on topics such as Crystalline Silica (Quartz) and Powered-Haulage Safety, which were expected before the Trump team left office. With the winds of change moving through Washington D.C., it is now as important as ever to keep tabs on MSHA developments and prepare for inspections.
Conn Maciel Carey’s complimentary 2021 MSHA Webinar Series includes free programs put on by attorneys in the firm’s national MSHA Practice Group, and is designed to give you insight into the changes and developments at MSHA during this period of flux and unpredictability.