Category: Safety & Health

  • FIRST FATALITY OF 2015 REPORTED AT DREDGE OPERATION DEMONSTRATES IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY BEST PRACTICES

    MSHA reported a fatality at a dredge operation in Nebraska.  On March 17, a 44-year old driver was operating a loaded articulated haul truck along an elevated roadway next to a dredge pond.  After traveling about 125 yards from the loading point, the vehicle drifted into the water.  The victim was transported to a local…

    Posted 4/21/15 at 5:12 PM

  • FATALITY AVOIDANCE TIPS SHARED IN MSHA-NSSGA ALLIANCE CEO SAFETY NEWSLETTER

    In the wake of the uptick in metal/non-metal workplace fatalities in 2014, the CEO Safety Newsletter published by the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance is sharing tips on effective management for reducing and eliminating workplace fatalities. The newsletter, signed by Alliance co-chairs Louis Griesemer of Springfield Underground, and Neal Merrifield of MSHA, are as follow: • Provide new…

    Posted 4/20/15 at 9:00 AM

  • Pit & Quarry Magazine – “NSSGA presents safety discussion at MSHA summit”

    A member of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) gave a safety presentation at MSHA’s South Central District’s Summit on Fatalities in Dallas April 7. At the event, Joseph Casper, vice president of NSSGA, discussed effective management systems for safety as well as mining safety practices. Casper also helped kick off a three-hour panel discussion…

    Posted 4/14/15 at 11:57 AM

  • WEBINAR TO FOCUS ON “RULES TO LIVE BY” AND MSHA ENFORCEMENT CALCULATOR

    April’s AGG1 Online Webinar, “Rules to Live By (RTLB) and the MSHA Enforcement Calculator,” will focus on avoiding increased MSHA penalties resulting from recent enforcement changes. This one-hour webinar will be presented April 23 at 1-2 p.m. EDT by attorney Adele Abrams. MSHA has made two dozen RTLB standards subject to more enforcement emphasis increasing…

    Posted 4/8/15 at 4:00 PM

  • NSSGA PRESENTS AT MSHA SAFETY SUMMIT

    NSSGA’s Vice President of Safety Joseph Casper discussed effective management systems for safety, recognizing hazards and improving miners’ safety behaviors at the MSHA’s South Central District’s Summit on Fatalities in Dallas April 7.  The summit was held in conjunction with the district’s annual safety and health conference.  Casper, invited by MSHA district manager Mike Davis,…

    Posted 4/7/15 at 1:46 PM

  • 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