Category: Safety & Health

  • NSSGA MEMBERS PROVIDE VALUABLE OPERATOR INSIGHTS TO MSHA TRAINEES

    In an effort to constructively help the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) continue improving the enforcement consistency of the agency’s field officer personnel, a half dozen NSSGA members provided operator perspectives on safety and compliance at the MSHA Academy in Beckley, WV. The Academy trains inspectors who wield enormous authority in evaluating compliance…

    Posted 1/14/15 at 5:00 AM

  • MSHA ADDS PUBLIC HEARINGS & EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR CIVIL PENALTIES RULE

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that additional public hearings on the MSHA civil penalties rule will be held Thursday, Feb.5, in Birmingham, Ala., and Thursday, Feb.12, in Chicago, Ill.  MSHA also has extended the comment period  to Thursday, March 5, 2015.  The civil penalties proposal aims to: 1) curb the authority…

    Posted 1/5/15 at 4:10 PM

  • NSSGA’s ACRI Workshop at Agg1 Enables Operators to Effectively Fight Errant Citations

    To help operators effectively respond when MSHA citations are issued in error, NSSGA is presenting the Alternative Case Resolution Initiative (or ACRI) workshop with popular litigator, Adele Abrams. The 3-day workshop will be held March 19 to March 21 as part of NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy at the Baltimore Convention Center.  The ACRI program educates operators…

    Posted 12/29/14 at 11:27 AM

  • NIOSH AWARD SEEKS TO HIGHLIGHT MEMBERS USING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TO PROMOTE SAFETY & HEALTH

    Deadline Extended for Operators or M&S Members through Jan. 16. NSSGA is once again partnering with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to recognize producers or M&S members that have used technological innovations to improve the safety or health of their workforce. The winner of the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations…

    Posted 12/23/14 at 10:34 AM

  • 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