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Safety and Health

NSSGA is committed to protecting the safety and health of its members' most precious resource: their workers.

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Safety and Health Pledge

NSSGA’s Safety and Health Pledge calls for signers to commit their companies to helping the industry reduce its injury rate by ten percent for five consecutive years.

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Core Principles

The Safety and Health Guiding Principles ensure that workplace safety and health is a primary concern to the aggregates industry and must be given priority status in a company’s operations.

MSHA-NSSGA Alliance

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NSSGA’s commitment to safe and healthful workplaces, as well as full compliance with related standards, is illustrated by the association’s leadership in the first alliance ever entered into by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The MSHA-NSSGA Alliance was established to forge a public/private partnership to encourage training and education that helps operators do the best possible job of safeguarding workers.

Training Resources

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NSSGA provides potent sources of information needed for keeping workers safe and healthy. These include the NSSGA Occupational Health Program, Part 46 New Miner and Task Training videos, Haul Truck Safety videos and the Mineral Identification and Management Guide.

Latest Safety & Health News

  • VIRGINIA ACCIDENT SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE WORK PROCEDURES

    The U.S. Mine and Safety Administration (MSHA) recently reported a fatality had occurred as a result of a fall of material at a Virginia granite mine. The incident showcases the need for thoughtful accident prevention prior to each task. The worker used a torch to cut a drill bit that had been wedged in a…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 10:55 AM

  • 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