In February of 2003, MSHA and NSSGA embarked upon a ground
breaking alliance agreement that pledged to work together to reduce
injuries in aggregates operations. The first initiative of the alliance was to
develop a management commitment safety pledge. This was the first step
in response to other company’s experience within the industry that have
made a similar commitment by the CEO or owner have achieved a 20-30%
reduction in injuries in the first year. In the United Kingdom, a similar
pledge by CEOs/owners has been the catalyst for a 38% reduction in the
number of accidents in just three years. Also, those companies that have
achieved a 20% to 30% reduction in injuries have also benefited by seeing
a similar reduction in workers’ compensation costs. Another benefit from
the adoption of a job safety analysis/decision-based safety program from
those companies is improved labor productivity…from planning the
work in advance of doing it. To date more than 86% of the NSSGA
producer member companies have inked the safety pledge, which
Commits the signatory to help reduce the injury incident rate in
aggregates by 50% by the end of 2007, and a strong push is underway
within the Association to sign up more companies.
Other initiatives under the alliance agreement include:
- MSHA and NSSGA agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for stone, sand and gravel workers by:
- Embracing mine safety and health performance goals with objective performance metrics.
- Providing NSSGA members with information, education and training, and technical assistance to help them prevent injuries and illnesses and protect miners’ safety and health.
- Expanding outreach and communications on mine safety and health matters.
- MSHA and NSSGA will work together to achieve the following education and training goals:
- Develop training and education programs on reducing and preventing mine hazards
- Develop and share best practices and effective approaches to improve mine safety and health.
- MSHA and NSSGA will work together to achieve the following technical assistance goals:
- Conduct evaluations of applied engineering to improve mine safety and health.
- Conduct analyses to identify potentially hazardous health and safety conditions to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources.
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