Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs issues Final Rule

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has issued a Final Rule revising certain regulations to resolve procedural and other issues that have arisen in administering and adjudicating claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Final Rule:

  • Requires all parties to exchange any medical information about the miner that they develop in connection with a claim, even if the party does not intend to submit the information into evidence, and allows for sanctions for failure to comply
  • Clarifies coal mine operators’ obligation to pay effective benefits awards during post-award modification proceedings
  • Clarifies that a physician’s supplemental report is a continuation of the physician’s earlier report for purposes of the evidence-limiting rules
  • Allows the Department to fully participate in claims adjudications after the liable coal mine operator stops participating because of adverse financial developments, such as bankruptcy or insolvency

The regulations are effective May 26, 2016.

DOL Press Release on Final Rule

 

Important Reference Materials – Information


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FREE BLACK LUNG SCREENING

NIOSH truck

NIOSH’s Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Unit will be in your area soon to conduct black lung screenings. All coal miners are encouraged to stop by the mobile and participate in this free health exam. Typically, the exam takes about 30 minutes and includes a short questionnaire, a chest radiograph, and a spirometry (breathing) test. Blood pressure screening will also be available. Depending on the number of miners participating, some wait time should be anticipated.

Note: Miners are eligible to participate in the NIOSH examination program every 5 years. Therefore, miners that have participated within the past 5 years will not be eligible for this examination.

PARTICIPATION IS FREE AND EASY — RESULTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL
PLEASE PLAN TO PARTICIPATE

Where:

Pipestem State Park
3405 Pipestem Drive
Pipestem, WV 25979

When:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (8am – 5pm)
and
Thursday, June 9, 2016 (8am – 5pm)