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Below is a list of frequently cited decisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. Click on any decision name to view the text of that decision.

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Agent Liability
  • Kenny Richardson, 3 FMSHRC 8 (Jan. 1981)
  • Prabhu Deshetty, 16 FMSHRC 1046 (May 1994)
  • Assessment of Civil Penalties
  • Sellersburg Stone Co., 5 FMSHRC 287 (Mar. 1983)
  • Cantera Green, 22 FMSHRC 616 (May 2000)
  • Deference to MSHA's Interpretations
  • Sedgman, 28 FMSHRC 322 (June 2006)
  • Discrimination
  • Secretary of Labor on behalf of Pasula v. Consolidation Coal Co., 2 FMSHRC 2786 (Oct. 1980)
  • Secretary of Labor on behalf of Robinette v. United Castle Coal Co., 3 FMSHRC 803 (Apr. 1981)
  • Secretary of Labor on behalf of Dunmire v. Northern Coal Co., 4 FMSHRC 126 (Feb. 1982)
  • Excessive History
  • Drummond Co., 14 FMSHRC 661 (May 1992)
  • Imminent Danger
  • Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co., 11 FMSHRC 2159 (Nov. 1989)
  • Relief from Final Order
  • Kelley Trucking Co., 8 FMSHRC 1867 (Dec. 1986)
  • Jim Walter Resources, Inc., 15 FMSHRC 782 (May 1993)
  • Relief from Judge's Order
  • Middle States Resources, Inc., 10 FMSHRC 1130 (Sept. 1988)
  • Hickory Coal Co., 12 FMSHRC 1201 (June 1990)
  • Respirable Dust
  • In re: Contests of Respirable Dust Sample Alteration Citations, 14 FMSHRC 987 (June 1992)
  • In re: Contests of Respirable Dust Sample Alteration Citations, 17 FMSHRC 1819 (Nov. 1995) (opinion by Commissioners Doyle and Holen)
  • In re: Contests of Respirable Dust Sample Alteration Citations, 17 FMSHRC 1883 (Dec. 1995) (dissenting opinion by Commissioner Marks)
  • Significant and Substantial ("S&S")
  • Cement Division, National Gypsum Co., 3 FMSHRC 822 (Apr. 1981)
  • Mathies Coal Co., 6 FMSHRC 1 (Jan. 1984)
  • U.S. Steel Mining Co., 6 FMSHRC 1834 (Aug. 1984)
  • Consolidation Coal Co., 8 FMSHRC 890 (June 1986)
  • Elk Run Coal Co., 27 FMSHRC 899 (Dec. 2005)
  • Substantial Evidence
  • Mid-Continent Resources, Inc., 16 FMSHRC 1218 (June 1994)


  • Reasonable Inferences

  • Jim Walter Resources, Inc., 28 FMSHRC 983 (Dec. 2006)
  • Unwarrantable Failure
  • Emery Mining Corp., 9 FMSHRC 1997 (Dec. 1987)
  • Youghiogheny & Ohio Coal Co., 9 FMSHRC 2007 (Dec. 1987)
  • Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co., 13 FMSHRC 189 (Feb. 1991)
  • San Juan Coal Co., 29 FMSHRC 125 (Mar. 2007)