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December 6 is National Miners Day, designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners both past and present. At the Mine Safety and Health Administration we take this day to heart-- and not only for the obvious professional reasons. Click here to read the full article.
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) voiced strong opposition to a number of provisions in a proposed rule that calls for increased federal penalties for alleged mine safety violations and limits an operator’s ability to contest such fines. NSSGA testified Dec. 4 at the first of several U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) hearings on the proposed civil penalty changes near Washington, D.C. The association said it will echo similar concerns at a second hearing in Denver, Dec. 9, and at upcoming hearings announced today. Click here to read the full article.
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.
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Click here to register for the 2015 AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland - March 17-19.
KHI Winter Convention - Feb 21-28, 2015 - Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii
2015 KCSA Summer Meeting, July 23-26, 2015, Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
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