Category: Safety & Health

  • NSSGA URGES OPERATOR COMMENTS OPPOSING MSHA’S CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    As NSSGA prepares to submit extensive comments opposing major provisions of MSHA’s civil penalties proposal, the association offers a template (see below) of a brief letter that members can use to convey concerns on the proposal.  Comments are due to MSHA Tuesday, March 31, at midnight. NSSGA is very concerned with the proposal because it will…

    Posted 3/30/15 at 4:50 PM

  • ROLL OUT OF GHS-COMPLIANT TOOLS ON HAZARD COMMUNICATION HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

    NSSGA unveiled new compliance assistance tools to help producers achieve compliance with OSHA’s and MSHA’s globally harmonized system (GHS) for hazard communication at its Annual Convention March 17.  The worksheets are exemplars of Safety Data Sheets (taking the place of Material Safety Data Sheets needed prior to GHS) for the generic aggregates products including granite,…

    Posted 3/24/15 at 2:37 PM

  • Virginia quarry fined for dust violation

    [A Roanoke aggregates quarry] agreed to pay a $9,750 fine after being cited by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for allowing too much dust to escape its operation. SOURCE: Aggregates Manager EDITORS NOTE:  This story highlights the need for additional training and vigilance to mitigate noise and dust.  NSSGA’s Vice President for Safety,…

    Posted 3/9/15 at 1:00 PM

  • MSHA Moves to Boost Enforcement at Troubled Mines, Provides Tools

    MSHA Administrator Joseph Main announced Feb. 25 that the agency is intensifying enforcement at mine facilities that exceed violation rates above the national average. The effort is part of the “Rules to Live By (RTLB)” program, originally implemented in 2010, to curb fatalities. Main pointedly stated that repeat offenders risk possible impact or spot inspections….

    Posted 2/26/15 at 4:38 PM

  • NSSGA: PROPOSED CIVIL PENALTIES RULE REVISIONS “STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”

    MSHA has taken the unusual step of making substantial revisions to the proposed civil penalties rule even before the close of the comment period. NSSGA and other stakeholders expressed strong opposition to the original rule as it reduces operators’ options to contest citations and risks dramatically increasing penalty assessments. The changes, announced Feb. 10, involve…

    Posted 2/12/15 at 5:23 PM

  • OBAMA BUDGET FOR FY16 SEEKS FIVE PERCENT BOOST FOR MSHA

    Included in the Obama Administration proposed budget for fiscal 2016 is a call for a five percent increase in spending for the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) up to $394 million.  Among areas seeing increased spending are: the Office of Standards and Regulations, which is working on the pending Civil Penalties rule…

    Posted 2/4/15 at 4:00 PM

  • NSSGA CALLS FOR MSHA/OPERATOR BRAINSTORMING ON ELIMINATING FATALITIES

    In a stakeholder conference call on fatalities held Jan. 30 by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, NSSGA’s Vice President of Safety Joseph Casper suggested that MSHA district and field office personnel brainstorm on innovative ideas for reducing fatalities, and also dialogue with stakeholders on the subject.  Casper’s comments came in recognition of the…

    Posted 2/3/15 at 12:20 PM

  • NSSGA BUILDING ON INITIATIVES TO REDUCE FATALITIES

    NSSGA is stepping up its efforts to disseminate effective “best practices” information on fatalities as a result of the 10 aggregates operator company workers who died in workplace accidents in 2014.  A panel presentation on fatality avoidance is scheduled for the Opening General Session of NSSGA’s 2015 Annual Convention to be held Monday, March 16,…

    Posted 1/30/15 at 2:52 PM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada that show an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014.  The underlying goal of these annual awards is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. Read more

    Posted 1/29/15 at 2:26 PM

  • MSHA SCHEDULES CONFERENCE CALL ON FATALITY REDUCTION PLANS IN METAL/NONMETAL, JAN. 30, 2 PM, ET

    Efforts to reduce mine fatalities in the metal/nonmetal segment will be highlighted in an MSHA-convened conference call with metal/nonmetal stakeholders scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., ET.  NSSGA members are encouraged to participate. Following the call, NSSGA will report on key information.   WHO:    U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration WHAT: Efforts to reduce…

    Posted 1/29/15 at 10:47 AM