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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

  • TOXIC SUBSTANCES MODERNIZATION BILL MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

    For the first time in 26 years, Congress is updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the regulation of hazardous chemicals.  The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on May 24, and it is expected to be taken up by U.S. Senate in early June. “An update of TSCA is long overdue,”…

    Posted 5/27/16 at 11:27 AM

  • NSSGA PRESENTS ON FATALITY AVOIDANCE AT MSHA NE DISTRICT CONFERENCE

    Innovative ideas to reduce and ultimately eliminate workplace fatalities were presented April 28 by NSSGA’s V.P. of Safety Joseph Casper at the MSHA’s Northeast district’s semi-annual safety and health conference held at Penn State University. The presentation focused on the importance of: hazard recognition (through workplace exams and pre-shift exams on mobile equipment); effective safety…

    Posted 5/1/15 at 1:00 PM

  • 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