Category: Health & Safety

  • MSHA GRANTS EXTENSION FOR CIVIL PENALTIES COMMENTS AT NSSGA REQUEST

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has delayed the deadline for comments on a new rule after NSSGA argued that the complex, wide-ranging proposal would require additional analysis. Public comments on the agency’s civil penalties rule are now due Dec. 3, two months later than the original Sept. 29 deadline.  MSHA officials say that…

    Posted 9/18/14 at 9:06 PM

  • BOOSTED SAFETY TO AVOID FATALITIES HIGHLIGHTED AT SAFETY MEETING

    Neal Merrifield, Mine Safety and Health Administration’s metal/non-metal administrator, updated aggregates producers on the agency’s efforts to reduce fatalities. He reminded the group that, frequently, it is impulsive mistakes that lead to fatalities. An example given was of a simple failure to shut down power in a crusher that was being serviced. Merrifield also heard from…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 8:14 PM

  • PH.D. IN EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING OFFERED THIS FALL AT MISSOURI S&T

    Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo., is offering the nation’s first Ph.D. in explosives engineering beginning this fall. The new doctorate will help the university fill critical shortfalls in government and industry. In the mining industry alone, more than 5,000 engineers will retire in the next decade. “This will give our graduates a…

    Posted 9/10/14 at 5:49 PM

  • URGE CONGRESS TO STOP EPA’S UNLAWFUL CLEAN WATER ACT OVERREACH

    Congress is considering legislation that would stop EPA’s Proposed Jurisdictional Rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over many previously unregulated areas.  H.R. 5078 will be voted on in the House Sept. 8.  NSSGA needs your help; please contact your member of Congress today to urge a “yes” vote by clicking here.  < The…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:55 PM

  • NSSGA REQUESTS MSHA TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD UNDER CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    NSSGA has requested that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration extend the comment period on the MSHA civil penalties proposed rule by 60 days, to Nov. 28, due to the complexity of and impact feared by the proposal. Unless the extension is granted, comments are due Sept. 29. Also, NSSGA asked that public hearings…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:26 PM

  • AGGREGATES WORKER DIES IN NEW YORK FALL

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported that a fatality occurred at a non-member New York limestone mine.  A worker climbed on top of a pile of pallets to obtain some wooden planks. He fell approximately eight feet and died. This brings to eight the total number of aggregates operator employees who have…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:05 PM

  • COURT THROWS OUT POV APPEAL ON JURISDICTIONAL GROUND, SKIPS MERITS

    Last week, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the challenge to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s Pattern of Violations rule filed by NSSGA and other associations. The three-judge panel dismissed the case saying that the court lacked jurisdiction. They claimed that the federal appeals court can decide matters related to…

    Posted 8/28/14 at 8:14 PM

  • SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE BEING SURVEYED FOR NSSGA RESPONSE TO MSHA CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    To aid the Safety and Health Committee’s work to formulate persuasive comments in response to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s proposed civil penalties rule for safety and health violations, NSSGA is surveying member companies about recent MSHA enforcement history.  The civil penalties proposal is a challenging one, as it could lead to increased penalty…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:21 PM

  • NSSGA MEETS WITH STATE EXECUTIVES AT ACE MEETING

    NSSGA’s Vice President for Safety Services Joe Casper, met with the Aggregates and Concrete Executives group at its summer meeting in Nashville Aug. 20. Casper discussed the progress made on NSSGA’s strategic plan Rocks Build America and the association’s work to grow and safeguard the stone, sand and gravel industry. The meeting was attended by…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:07 PM

  • NSSGA SUBMITS COMMENTS ON SILICA RULEMAKING

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association filed its latest set of comments Aug. 15 with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. NSSGA comments can be found here. OSHA’s proposal is important to aggregates producers because some operations are under OSHA jurisdiction;…

    Posted 8/19/14 at 7:56 PM