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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.
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.Click here to view the article.
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.