Category: Health & Safety

  • 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

  • NSSGA Invites Members to Testify at MSHA Public Hearings on Civil Penalties Proposal

    In response to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s announcement  that it will hold public hearings on its proposed changes to the civil penalties rule Dec. 4 (in Arlington, Va.) and Dec. 9 (in Denver, Colo.), NSSGA is seeking members willing to deliver NSSGA-drafted testimony at those hearings. NSSGA is very concerned with the…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 9:53 PM

  • NSSGA SHARES BEST PRACTICES AT MSHA SOUTHEAST DISTRICT CONFERENCE

    NSSGA guidance on how operators can avoid fatalities was presented last week at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Southeast District Conference.  The guidance addresses such issues as pre-shift and workplace exams, effective training and tolerance of risk.  The presentation also highlighted best practices for boosting safety culture at operations. The presentation stands as…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 7:07 PM

  • MSHA TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS IN EARLY DECEMBER ON CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that it will hold public hearings on its proposed changes to the civil penalties rule Dec. 4 and 9.  The hearings will be held in Arlington, Va., and Denver, Colo., respectively.  NSSGA will provide testimony at both hearings. NSSGA is very concerned with the proposed rule because…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 7:01 PM

  • NSSGA ENLISTS MEMBERS & STATES IN BOLSTERING SENATE SUPPORT FOR MSHA STATE GRANTS PROGRAM

    NSSGA continues its work to spearhead support for funding the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s State Grants program. Called for in the 1977 Mine Act, the program delivers funds to states to provide safety training for miners. While MSHA has reported that the program trains approximately 80,000 miners annually, the administration has proposed elimination…

    Posted 11/5/14 at 12:37 PM

  • NSSGA ENLISTS MEMBERS & STATES IN BOLSTERING SENATE SUPPORT FOR MSHA STATE GRANTS PROGRAM

    As Congress formulates a plan to fund the FY’15 budget for government operations, NSSGA is intensifying its effort to spearhead support for funding the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s State Grants program. The program, called for in the 1977 Mine Act, provides funds to states to provide safety training for miners. MSHA has reported…

    Posted 10/29/14 at 1:21 PM

  • NIOSH SEEKS TO HONOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FOR WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH

    In an effort to highlight leading companies furthering improvements for a safer environment at stone, sand and gravel operations, NSSGA again is partnering with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health on the NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovation Awards. The awards, administered by NIOSH’s office of Mine Safety and Health Research, will…

    Posted 10/21/14 at 9:13 PM

  • Martin Marietta’s Beckmann Quarry celebrates 2 million hours without a reportable incident

    For their efforts throughout 2013, the Southwest Division’s Beckmann Quarry was recognized as a 2014 Honor Plant, an award won by the quarry for the second time in three years.

    Posted 10/8/14 at 4:34 PM

  • NSSGA CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST MSHA PATTERN OF VIOLATIONS RULE

    Despite a recent loss in the U.S. Court of Appeals, NSSGA is continuing the legal fight against MSHA’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule.  NSSGA, along with other mine industry associations, is challenging the rule in the Federal District Court in Ohio’s  Southern district.  NSSGA believes that the district court has requisite jurisdiction for hearing the…

    Posted 10/8/14 at 3:38 PM