Category: Health & Safety

  • 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

  • NSSGA SAFETY EXCELLENCE & CHRISTIE AWARDS OPEN THROUGH THURSDAY, OCT. 16, MIDNIGHT

    Companies derive benefit from winning NSSGA Safety Excellence Honors. NSSGA’s Safety Excellence awards for outstanding facilities that have not seen a recent reportable injury is open until Thursday, Oct. 16, at midnight. Winning an NSSGA Safety Excellence award enables the operator to show customers, neighbors, regulators and policy-makers that the company is truly committed to…

    Posted 10/15/14 at 1:24 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

  • FOCUS ON FATALITY PREVENTION

    In the wake of eight fatalities in the aggregates operator sector in 2014, NSSGA reminds members of key standards and practices that are critical for safeguarding employees. In the Sept/Oct issue of Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW magazine, the regularly produced “Rip & Share” column outlines key best practices focused on fatality prevention.  Implementing “best…

    Posted 10/1/14 at 3:54 PM

  • MSHA GRANTS EXTENSION FOR CIVIL PENALTIES COMMENTS AT NSSGA REQUEST

    The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has delayed the deadline for comments on a new rule after NSSGA argued that the complex, wide-ranging proposal would require additional analysis. Public comments on the agency’s civil penalties rule are now due Dec. 3, two months later than the original Sept. 29 deadline.  MSHA officials say that…

    Posted 9/18/14 at 9:06 PM

  • BOOSTED SAFETY TO AVOID FATALITIES HIGHLIGHTED AT SAFETY MEETING

    Neal Merrifield, Mine Safety and Health Administration’s metal/non-metal administrator, updated aggregates producers on the agency’s efforts to reduce fatalities. He reminded the group that, frequently, it is impulsive mistakes that lead to fatalities. An example given was of a simple failure to shut down power in a crusher that was being serviced. Merrifield also heard from…

    Posted 9/16/14 at 8:14 PM

  • PH.D. IN EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING OFFERED THIS FALL AT MISSOURI S&T

    Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo., is offering the nation’s first Ph.D. in explosives engineering beginning this fall. The new doctorate will help the university fill critical shortfalls in government and industry. In the mining industry alone, more than 5,000 engineers will retire in the next decade. “This will give our graduates a…

    Posted 9/10/14 at 5:49 PM

  • URGE CONGRESS TO STOP EPA’S UNLAWFUL CLEAN WATER ACT OVERREACH

    Congress is considering legislation that would stop EPA’s Proposed Jurisdictional Rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over many previously unregulated areas.  H.R. 5078 will be voted on in the House Sept. 8.  NSSGA needs your help; please contact your member of Congress today to urge a “yes” vote by clicking here.  < The…

    Posted 9/4/14 at 3:55 PM