Announcing Conn Maciel Carey’s 2016 MSHA Webinar Series

MSHA Webinar SeriesAs we enter the home stretch of the Obama Administration, we are seeing increased MSHA enforcement, from more frequent and aggressive inspections to more citations with higher penalties.  MSHA is also trying to cram in a few more onerous new rules and regulations at the last-minute.  With the mining industry swirling to understand MSHA’s new proposed rules and enforcement efforts, it is more important now than ever before to be prepared for what’s ahead from MSHA. 

Conn Maciel Carey’s complimentary 2016 MSHA Webinar Series, hosted by the firm’s national MSHA Practice, is designed to give you the tools to avoid becoming the next MSHA-enforcement poster child. 

How Changes to MSHA’s Workplace
Exams Rule Will Affect Your Mine

Thursday, September 15th

Navigating Multi-Employer
Mining Sites

Tuesday, November 15th

MSHA, OSHA, and Employment Law Impacts of the Upcoming Presidential Election

Tuesday, October 25th

MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections

Thursday, December 15th


Click here to register for the entire series.

How Changes to MSHA’s Workplace Exams Rule Will Affect Your Mine

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

MSHA’s proposed changes to the Workplace Exam Standard will create logistical challenges for mine operators.  MSHA refers to the workplace exam rule as “common sense,” but the impact on your mine operation will likely be complex, and sharpens MSHA’s enforcement teeth.

How will your operations adapt if the proposed MSHA Workplace Exam rule becomes final? Are you ready to navigate the new requirements and face challenges associated with its implementation?  Tune in to this webinar learn about the potential changes and how to prepare for enforcement by inspectors after the proposed rule goes into effect.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • New Requirements of MSHA’s Proposed Modifications to 56/57.18002;
  • How to Prepare for MSHA’s Implementation of the Rule at Mines; and
  • Tips for Avoiding Violations of the New Standard.

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MSHA, OSHA, and Employment Law Impacts of the Upcoming Presidential Election

 Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Nicholas W. ScalaEric J. Conn, and Kara M. Maciel

In a few short weeks, Americans will cast a ballot to elect the next President of the United States. The outcome of this election will significantly impact our country’s future with respect to healthcare, military actions, economic policy, and of course, workplace safety and health regulation and enforcement.

This webinar will discuss the positions taken by both presidential candidates on safety and health enforcement and rulemaking, and the likely impacts on OSHA and MSHA depending on which candidate takes the White House.

While it is unsure who the next president will be, it is certain that the election will create a new landscape for those affected by OSHA and MSHA law.

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Navigating Multi-Employer Mine Sites Liability and Enforcement

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

Independent contractors are a vital element to the mining industry. Mine operators call upon their expertise daily at mines around the country. But what happens when an independent contractor arrives at your mine site?  This webinar will discuss common pitfalls of the mine operator – independent contractor relationship, and provide suggestions for streamlining the relationship and ensuring compliance with MSHA.

Participants will learn about:

  • MSHA Liability and Responsibility Under the Mine Act;
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Mine Operators and Independent Contractors; and
  • Training Requirements for Mine Operators and Independent Contractors.

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MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through a Complaint Investigation

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively.  Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other types of inspections and investigations. Operators are often less prepared when MSHA arrives already with a list of specific allegations of unsafe conditions at your site communicated by one of your miners.

Register for this webinar and hear about miner and mine operator rights during hazard complaint investigations, as well as how to handle workforce challenges.

Participants will learn about:

  • Mine Operator Rights During Complaint Investigations;
  • Miner Whistleblower Protections Under the Mine Act; and
  • Complaint Investigation Procedures and Management.

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