Window Closing on Comment Period on MSHA Penalty Assessments

The comment period on MSHA’s proposed rulemaking on civil penalty assessments closes on Tuesday at midnight.  MSHA has extended the comment period twice and may not extend it again.  Comments are being accepted here.

The proposal is being criticized on many fronts.  Not surprising since MSHA’s posture in recent years has been adversarial with industry.  Most critisism is levied at the shift from five categories of negligence to three categories.

Often overlooked is the fact that proposed changes to the size of entity category are beneficial to blasting contractors.  So as in most government action, there is always a bit of good.

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