Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • NSSGA WORKS TO ENHANCE RELATIONSHIP WITH NIOSH FOR SAFETY & HEALTH

    Dr. John Howard, director for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), met with NSSGA June 19 to seek ways to coordinate more closely on efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses. Howard (originally appointed by former president George W. Bush), was accompanied by senior NIOSH advisors in meeting with NSSGA staff and safety…

    Posted 6/26/14 at 5:37 PM

  • SENATE FINANCE UNVEILS HIGHWAY TRUST FUND PATCH

    As the clock ticks down to insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, discussion continues in both the House and Senate on possible funding solutions. Senate Finance Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) June 24 unveiled a Senate Finance Committee $9 billion patch to fund the HTF through the end of the calendar year.The proposal would change…

    Posted 6/26/14 at 5:31 PM

  • WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE FOCUS OF ADDITIONAL HOUSE HEARINGS

    Last week the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held a hearing on the proposed rule on Waters of the United States entitled “A review of the Interpretive Rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions.” While the hearing was focused on the interpretative guidance released alongside the proposed…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 6:28 PM

  • NSSGA HOLDS MINI FLY-IN ON WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    Last week NSSGA welcomed five Environmental Committee members to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress about the Waters of the United States rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. NSSGA would like to thank Calportland, Holcim/Aggregates Industries, Lafarge, Lehigh Hanson and Luck Stone for attending a total…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 6:26 PM

  • GET READY TO BE “DRIVING IT HOME” WITH CONGRESS ON REAUTHORIZATION THIS SUMMER

    NSSGA once again is encouraging its members to meet with their members of Congress during the summer congressional recesses. “Driving It Home 2014″ is critical if Congress is to meet the Sept. 30, 2014, deadline for passage of a new surface transportation bill. Grassroots activists are urged to hold meetings and tours with members of…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 5:50 PM

  • ROCKPAC RANKS AMONG TOP TRADE ASSOCIATION PACS IN AMERICA

    Following ROCKPAC’s record-breaking fundraising this year, the latest rankings of trade association PACs as compiled by the Federal Election Commission show that ROCKPAC is one of only 24 PACs to have surpassed the $1 million mark for the two-year 2014 election cycle. Through the April 30 disclosure filings, ROCKPAC ranks 23rd out of 704 PACs…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 5:45 PM

  • SAFETY ALERTS ON MATERIALS HANDLING, SLIPS & FALLS AND OTHER HAZARDS PUBLISHED BY ALLIANCE

    The MSHA-NSSGA Alliance for education and training has published Safety Alerts on the five most frequent causes of accidents in aggregates. Based on MSHA’s injury data for 2013, the Alerts address such hazards as: Materials handling – 37 percent of accidents Slips, trips & falls – 23 percent of accidents Hand tools – 15 percent…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 5:37 PM

  • WORKER DIES IN SAND & GRAVEL FACILITY

    According to MSHA, a worker at a sand and gravel plant died Thursday, May 9 in South Carolina. The victim was working with two contractors in attempting to remove and impaler that had been seized onto the threaded shaft of a centrifugal pump. After one of the workers applied heat from a torch, an explosion…

    Posted 6/25/14 at 5:34 PM

  • Machinery Accidents

    In 2013, eight percent of all injuries at stone, sand and gravel operations were associated with machinery.

    Posted 6/23/14 at 8:37 PM

  • HIGHWAY MATERIALS GROUP LAUDS MURPHY/CORKER FUNDING PLAN

    The Highway Materials Group commends Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Robert Corker (R-Tenn.) on their bipartisan proposal to ensure funding of the nation’s surface transportation system into the future by increasing the federal motor fuels tax by 12 cents. In light of the pending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, this proposal finally addresses the…

    Posted 6/19/14 at 6:43 PM