314_1149_249867_8690930b-9e7b-4ee2-95a7-e9b4840dd8f7_37273_1_1

Safety and Health

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

314_1149_247803_2214a1e8-a2ac-4f9b-ab71-46a3c5de9f66_37273_1_1

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.

314_1149_244086_db8fd56e-fd0f-423c-88db-4f1f2c882467_37273_1_1

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

NSSGA_BoardMeet_041

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

Bluff City Minerals Tour - August 2011_Page_20_Image_0004

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

  • 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