Category: Safety & Health

  • NSSGA FIGHTS FOR OPERATOR RIGHTS IN CASE AGAINST MSHA’S PATTERN OF VIOLATIONS RULE

    This week, NSSGA and other associations filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. The filing was made in the federal District Court in Ohio, and requests that the court hear the case being brought by NSSGA and the other associations. The U.S. Court of Appeals…

    Posted 12/19/14 at 1:12 PM

  • MSHA Alliance’s CEO Safety Newsletter Attacks Fatalities Cause

    Tolerance of hazards associated with un-due risk posed by equipment and people is targeted in the latest MSHA-NSSGA Alliance CEO Safety newsletter. The quarterly newsletter is again addressing conditions associated with fatalities in the aggregates sector. The previous newsletter warned of hazards posed when operators fail to properly conduct workplace exams, and provide adequate task…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 4:17 PM

  • NOISE AND DUST WORKSHOP TO CO-LOCATE WITH AGG1

    NSSGA’s popular Noise and Dust Workshop will co-locate with the 2015 AGG1 Academy & Expo, said Joe Casper, NSSGA’s vice president for safety. He added, “The Noise and Dust Workshop provides a unique hands-on opportunity for participants to better monitor and mitigate sound and air hazards to protect workers.” Attendees also will learn how to…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 9:49 AM

  • MSHA State Grants For Safety Training To Be Funded in 2015

    The MSHA State Grants program, so valued by aggregates operators for its support of quality safety and health training for miners, is funded in the $1.1 trillion FY 2015 omnibus government spending bill.   Included in the Labor Department appropriation for MSHA of $375.8 million (same amount allotted for the current year), the State Grants program…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 4:30 PM

  • NSSGA Prepares States For Commenting On MSHA Civil Penalties Rule

    In remarks delivered at the Michigan Aggregates Association meeting in Grand Rapids last Friday, NSSGA VP for Safety Joseph Casper urged members of state organizations to join with NSSGA in submitting comments opposing provisions of the MSHA rule proposal on civil penalties.  The proposal aims to:  Curb the authority of the Mine Safety and Health…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 12:20 PM

  • Rock Products: NSSGA Testifies Against MSHA’s Civil Penalties Proposal (Updated by NSSGA News)

    Original Article by Rock Products 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….

    Posted 12/9/14 at 4:20 PM

  • Accident Highlights Need For Emphasis on Safety

    MSHA reported a fatality had occurred at a Pennsylvania sand stone mine.  A truck driver backed a haul truck to the edge of the overburden dumpsite and started to raise the truck’s bed to dump material.  The bank failed, causing the truck to overturn and fall 30 feet below.  Best practices provided by MSHA for…

    Posted 12/9/14 at 10:55 AM

  • NSSGA TESTIFIES AGAINST PROVISIONS IN MSHA’S CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    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…

    Posted 12/4/14 at 12:01 PM

  • MSHA UNVEILS 2015 REGULATORY AGENDA

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released its fall regulatory agenda Nov. 24.  The agency states that it is on track in conducting the rulemaking on reform of civil penalties; comments are due Jan. 9. Additionally, the agency reports that in October 2015, it will issue a rulemaking on crystalline silica, based on…

    Posted 11/26/14 at 2:55 PM

  • MSHA MAKES AGENCY TRAINING RESOURCES MORE READILY AVAILABLE

    In order to do a more effective job of delivering its training resources, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has rearranged its web-based presentation of training materials on workplace safety and health.  NSSGA applauds the move, which better positions the agency to assist operators in training, as called for in the 1977 Mine Act….

    Posted 11/24/14 at 1:47 PM