MSHA Enforcement of Structural Integrity Issues on Mine Property








October 22nd, 2019


11:00 am - 12:00 pm 


Nevada 7


Company: Ogletree Deakins


Bill Doran’s practice is concentrated in safety and health law and litigation. He advises companies with respect to issues arising under Federal and State Safety and Health Statutes. He represents companies in accident investigations, special investigations, audits and discrimination investigations conducted by MSHA, OSHA, and state agencies. He also represents companies in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and the federal courts.

Bill speaks and writes frequently on a variety of occupational safety topics. He is a co-author of a monthly safety and health column in Pit & Quarry Magazine.  Most recently, he co-authored the “General Duty Clause” chapters of the first and second editions of Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, published by Government Institutes. He also authored an article entitled, “Vicarious Liability of Mine Operators for Independent Contractors’ Violations” for the University of Kentucky’s Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law.

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Lauren Marino’s practice involves advising management in matters of workplace safety and health. She litigates before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and the federal courts, and represents employers during government (MSHA/OSHA) inspections and investigations. Her practice also includes providing compliance advice. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Marino worked in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor where she handled cases on behalf of the Secretary of Labor involving the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational and Safety Health Act, and other federal labor and employment laws.

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As a result of high profile accidents around the country involving structural failures, MSHA has placed a greater emphasis in its inspections on evaluating the structural integrity of everything from silos, bins, buildings,and conveyors. These evaluation tend to follow a familiar pattern beginning with general observations and concerns by the inspector to detailed, comprehensive analyses by MSHA Technical Support engineers. These issues can be difficult to resolve and often include allegations of unwarrantable failure and failure to timely abate. This presentation will discuss recent cases and offer some insight into how to effectively navigate the pitfalls that can arise.