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Mid-Year Summary of 2015 Fatal Accidents

Ten miners in the metal and nonmetal mining industry were killed as a result of accidents from January 1 to June 30, 2015. In the first six months of the year, two of the fatalities occurred at underground mines; eight at surface mines. Two of the miners were supervisors. Two trends in fatalities were noticed in the average age of the miners who died were 54 and fifty percent of the fatalities occurred at mines with less than 10 employees. Six of the fatalities occurred in the first quarter of the year. Two miners died in Machinery accidents. Powered Haulage, Falling/Sliding Material, Fall of Roof or Back and Hoisting accidents contributed to the deaths of the remaining 4 miners. Two of the fatalities were contractors. Four miners were killed in the second quarter of 2015. Powered Haulage, Falling/Sliding Material, Striking or Bumping and Fall of Person accidents claimed the lives of these four miners. Two of the fatalities were contractors. Click here to view the article.

Crushing It In Kentucky

Established in 1944, during the heart of World War II, the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association (KCSA) has grown to more than 100 members, of which one-third of the members are stone, sand or gravel producers with the other two-thirds being associate members who furnish and supply equipment such as trucks and loaders; services such as banking and insurance; and supplies such as fuel, tires and explosives that are used within the industry. There is also an honorary life membership category which recognizes individuals who have been active in supporting the industry during their careers. Click here to view the article.

Senate Reaches Preliminary Highway Bill Agreement

By a bipartisan vote of 65 to 34, the U.S. Senate today passed a six-year surface transportation authorization. Passage of the "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act? or the DRIVE Act represents a major step toward completion of a robust highway bill this fall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced a preliminary agreement on a six-year highway bill with "three years of guaranteed funding? for the Highway Trust Fund, the latest development in a fast-moving debate over the federal government?s share of spending on road, bridge and mass-transit programs. Click here to view the article.

KHI Announces Scholarship Awards

The Kentucky Highway Industries (KHI) Scholarship Committee, co-chaired by Bob Beam, The Allen Company, and Pat Judd, Gaddie-Shamrock, LLC, recently announced their 2015 Scholarship Award Recipients. The total allocation of $60,500 will be distributed to the students during the 2015-2016 school year. Since 1998, $616,000 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 press release.

Brits Embrace Bourbon Boom

Limestone helps give Kentucky bourbon a distinct taste, a taste that is growing worldwide including Great Briton. With data revealing sales of American whiskey are up 14% in the UK, it's clear that Britons are getting a strong last for bourbon, and it's predicted to be the fastest growing spirit worldwide in the next five years. Click here to watch the MSN video. 

Age Awareness Training For Miners

From the first day of new miner training until the day they retire, mine workers will experience changes due to the normal aging process. It is an unfortunate fact of life that many age-related changes result in diminished physical, sensory, or cognitive edge, and insight as they age, making them a vitally important resource for their company. Effective leveraging of this precious resource requires both an appreciation of the changes that occur with age and an understanding of methods that can be used to reduce the injury risk that may result. The purpose of this training is to provide the information necessary to accomplish these objectives. Click here to view the document.

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