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The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its proposal to radically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S. Aggregates producers argued that the policy change is unjustifiable and the cost to the American taxpayer and industry would far outweigh any benefit. Click here for the full article.Mine Causes and Fatalities Prevention
For operators, the challenge of prevention is always something to pursue, but while mindful of dangers, managers typically feel conditions are safe at their own operations. Employees feel safe as well – and therein is a danger. They are not safe unless they make a point of being safe all the time. Employers must help them. Management can help with regular supervisor training. Supervisors can help by employing lessons learned with their crews. Great successes have been achieved at mines where there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything and good procedures become automatic.There were other metal-nonmetal accidents, including three employees killed in falls from heights, one entangled in a drill and one killed when equipment burst during repairs. Also, one person lost his life when an embankment gave way. Click here for the full article.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez invited a select group of aggregates executives including KCSA's Ron Gray for a frank dialogue on the key issues facing the industry. At the Oct. 20 meeting, representatives from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and state aggregates associations stressed the need for increased infrastructure investment to grow the economy and create jobs and continued collaboration to improve mine safety. Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA stressed the need for a long-term, well-funded federal highway bill. Click here to view the full article.
New benefit to your membership in the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association. KCSA has partnered with the Mine Safety Center to give you a 20% discount on your MSHA Part 46 training. Click here to read full article.
Since the 4th quarter of 2013, we have seen 10 accidents resulting in the tragic loss of 11 lives. Given the spate of fatalities that has hit the mining sector, NSSGA has worked to disseminate some "best practices" to help operators conduct appropriate and timely safety training. Click here to view MSHA's key standards
From the desk in his office on Glenns Creek Road, David Harrod can see workers and machinery moving tons of stone from deep underground into neat piles of varying sizes at Harrod Concrete and Stone. The sight has been a familiar one for him since his childhood. He grew up at the quarry, working and playing in the somewhat otherworldly looking mounds of rock and sand. Read full story...
It has to be considered one of the most successful national mine rescue contests on record for metal and nonmetal. It had the largest number of teams ever for a regular metal and nonmetal national contest, with 41 teams from 18 states participating from as far away as Alaska. The Kentucky contest was the first metal and nonmetal contest held east of the Mississippi River.
MSHA & KCSA Offer Safety Best Practices
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association want to help improve the safety in the Metal - NonMetal Mining Industry. Here are some helpful best practices to keep you and your company safe. Click here to see the important safety tips.
Between 2009 and 2013 there have been 4,123 miners injured as a result of slips, trips, and falls. Better lighting in the working area may have prevented or reduced a number of these accidents.
MSHA encourages the use of new lighting technology such as Halogen lights, LED (light emitting diode), and HID (high intensity discharge) lamps with fluorescent and incandescent lights in lighting systems for self-propelled mining equipment operated in underground coal mines.