Written by Partner & Attorney, John M. Williams I’ve been told that I had a rough upbringing – not because I had bad parents, but because I grew up in Eastern Kentucky. Apparently, that’s rough. It’s been about three decades since I’ve lived in Eastern Kentucky, but it is just as much a part of…

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Williams, Kilpatrick, and True PLLC’s attorney and partner, Melanie Kilpatrick, will be attending the KCA’s Annual Meeting this September 6th to the 7th. Speakers to look forward to: Michelle Bloodworth | President and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) Mark Heath | OSHA Jurisdiction over Inactive and Abandoned Mine Properties Dave Zatezalo |…

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On August 2, 2018, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) issued a decision in Secretary v. The American Coal Company, Docket No. LAKE 2011-13, reiterating the correct legal standard to be applied by the Commission and its administrative law judges (“ALJs”) in reviewing proposed settlements.   The Commission held that, in effectuating…

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“OSHA cited five contractors for safety and health violations after three employees were fatally injured and two others critically injured following an explosion on board a towboat. The five companies collectively received 55 violations with proposed penalties totaling $795,254. The employers were ship repair contractor First Marine, LLC, which has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator…

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On July 31, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in a case Noelle Holladay True from our firm is handling, Jones Brothers, Inc. v. MSHA, Case No. 17-3483, ruling that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) did not properly appoint the administrative law judge…

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“Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some are fatally injured. These illnesses and fatalities are preventable.” The heat index is high and summer has just begun. OSHA is advising employers throughout the U.S. to protect their workers from heat-related hazards or illnesses by utilizing preventative methods. “While workers in construction, agriculture, and…

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Few industries across the American landscape are as complex and fast-changing as mining. Indeed, we prominently cite to a single word on our law firm’s website to denote the essence of mining in Kentucky and nationally in the 21st century: turbulent. Although some people not closely involved with mining might think immediately of coal and…

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