November 14 - FRANKFORT, Ky. – Aggregates industry veteran Ed Elliott joined MSHA as a senior advisor to the acting assistant secretary. With a 30-year career in the aggregates industry, recently working as director of safety and health for Rogers Group, Inc., Elliott truly understands safety at quarries and pits. He will work directly with acting MSHA Assistant Secretary Wayne Palmer for the time being. David Zatezalo is the administration’s nominee to lead the agency. Click here to learn more about Ed's new position at MSHA.
September 22 - FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar will once again be held in Louisville, Kentucky at a NEW location - Downtown Louisville Marriott. We have slated a good line up of speakers including presentations on ground control engineering solutions along with health and safety topics related to airblasts, dust control, and mine ventilation. The Early Bird Workshop will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th and will address updates to NIOSH research on lighting to improve safety and underground mine communication infrastructure. We will host a reception immediately following the Early Bird Workshop. Click here to learn more and to register for the event.
September 12 - FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s business and transportation leaders have announced an effort to prevent the serious decline of Kentucky’s infrastructure. The Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition (KIC) includes more than 30 organizations that represent manufacturers, farmers, economic development leaders, engineers, local leaders and more than 40,000 transportation workers who understand that safe, reliable, efficient transportation is essential to Kentucky’s economy. Click here to see full story.
Sept. 11, 2017, September 12, 2017 - Enforcement of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule to protect workers in construction from exposure to respirable crystalline silica goes into effect Sept. 23. The rule was slated to come online earlier in the summer, but OSHA delayed its enforcement to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Click here to see full story.
Sept. 2, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of David G. Zatezalo, 62, for the position of assistant secretary of labor for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register reports. Before retiring in 2014, Zatezalo served in several top positions at Rhino Resources, a coal company that clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration tried to increase enforcement following the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Click here to see full story.
July 25, 2017: Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Highway Industries (KHI) Scholarship Committee, chaired by Pat Judd, Gaddie-Shamrock, LLC, recently announced their 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients. The total allocation of $59,500 will be distributed to the students during the 2017-2018 school year. Since 1998, $738,000 has been awarded to deserving students to help them achieve their educational goals. Congratulations and good luck to the following students. Click here to view the awards.