Jordan Ramis pc. Attorneys at law
MSHA Law

MSHA Law

Practice Areas

OVERVIEW
At Jordan Ramis PC, we understand that the mining industry faces many unique legal issues. The recent increase in enforcement by the Mining Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") impacts mining operations across the nation. The government's response to recent below-ground mining fatalities in the Eastern United States has resulted in more frequent inspections, larger penalties, and increased issuance of citations.

Aggregate producers in above-ground mining operations are faced with the same demanding enforcement model. Whether you are a quarry owner or operator, a drilling and blasting contractor, or a rock crushing plant operator, a violation could mean your business faces stiff MSHA penalties, including total shutdown of your operation. An investigation that results in a simple $60 or $100 citation can have severe consequences on a mining operation, and assistance of a lawyer to contest the citation is often necessary.

We can help clients who have questions about their compliance with the complex mine-safety regulations. Our MSHA legal team can defend clients before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ("FMSHRC") and in federal courts to contest citations, orders, and penalties. We can also advise on the interpretation and application of MSHA regulations.
We provide:
  • Management training for inspection and investigations
  • Audits of compliance and risk
  • Risk transfer programs
  • Emergency response counsel
  • Program development and reviews
  • OSHA compliance
  • Contractor/subcontractor risk management programs, contracts, and counsel
  • Enforcement counseling, negotiation, settlement, and litigation
  • Crisis management and on-site disaster and accident counsel
  • Informal agency settlement counseling and litigation
  • "Whistle blower" and discrimination law counseling and litigation
  • Liability and insurance coverage analysis and response
  • Internal investigation
  • Expert selection, retention, and management
  • Litigation, arbitration, and mediation