Environment, Safety & Health

These sessions demonstrate best practices and techniques for the aggregates industry to be efficient, safe, healthy and environmentally responsible.


T44 Dewatering Processes for Maximum Saleable Product and Minimum Water ConsumptionNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Sam Palombo and Alan Bennetts, Weir Minerals North America

Stockpiled sand products for asphalt and concrete ideally need to contain low moisture levels for the end user. Loss of fine sand products to settling ponds results in lost revenue and high process costs, not to mention a negative environmental impact. Additionally, settling pond space requirements and availability of water can create issues for many producers. For these reasons and more, most sand and gravel operations across the globe require some form of dewatering system. This presentation will discuss a variety of dewatering processes for maximum saleable products and reduced water consumption.

T45 Permitting – It’s All About Air, Water and PeopleNSG2419-SchoolIcons_BusManagementNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Bob Archibald, Global Proppant Supply, LLC; Chuck Baxter, Turnkey Processing Solutions; Scott O’Brien, McLanahan Corporation; Hamilton White, Turnkey Processing Solutions; Bronwyn Weaver, Archibald Consulting Services, LLC.

In today’s communities where we currently or plan to operate, adhering to regulations is not enough. We need to demonstrate to all affected stakeholders that we are committed to utilizing the best available technology to eliminate the possibility of emissions. This presentation describes the design technology behind eliminating air and water emissions, the equipment available to accomplish it and how this message is effectively communicated to the community and the regulatory agencies to streamline the permitting process.

T46 Mitigating Fatigue Risk through Technologies and Safety Culture SolutionsNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Todd Dawson, Caterpillar Safety Services

The stark reality that nearly half of shift workers nod off while working at least once per week has driven the development of technologies that deliver valuable information about the conditions under which employees operate. Few companies are equipped to leverage the data in a Fatigue Risk Management System that touches all the influencers of a safety culture to deliver safer work conditions and improved performance. Learn to pull together people, process and technology to drive zero-incident performance. Discover the technologies used to generate safety-related data and how systems engage all levels of the organization in mitigating fatigue risk.

T54 How to Control Dust from Aggregate ProcessingNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Mark Kestner, NESCO

Dust emissions from aggregate processing arise from four major sources: unpaved roads, paved roads, material processing and stockpiles. This presentation describes a method for developing a dust control plan that relies upon a combination of good operating and engineering practices coupled with wet suppression and dry collection systems. This method is designed to comply with regulation without sacrificing productivity. By treating dust control as a process control problem rather than a regulatory issue, attendees are shown how to employ lower cost dust controls to reduce reliance upon more expensive control measures.

T65 Improving Conveyor Serviceability and Safety, SimultaneouslyNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ProdNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Greg Bierie and Andy Marti, Martin Engineering

This presentation will examine conveyor service requirements, and then present ways to simplify and improve the safety of these procedures through improved, re-designed conveyor components.

W53 Best Practices for Conveyor Dust ControlNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Greg Bierie and Andy Marti, Martin Engineering

Controlling the dust that escapes bulk material conveying is an important requirement for success in mineral production operations, to prevent problems with neighbor relations, employee health, and regulatory compliance. A number of recent advancements have improved dust management in conveyor operations, including a new modular load zone concept that allows engineers to develop components to address specific issues. This presentation will take a look at equipment and methods to reduce the dust escaping from belt conveyors. As environmental legislation continues to evolve, it is clear that effective dust management technologies will play an important role in mineral production.

W54 Value Reclamation PlanningNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESHNSG2419-SchoolIcons_BusManagement
Rick Hoehn and Lyndon Hart, Hoehn Landscape Architecture, LLC; Ed Gold, Beazer Homes/Maryland; and Johnny Johnsson, Vulcan Materials Company

At its most basic level, reclamation is defined as “the conversion of wasteland into a suitable condition”. However, Value Reclamation Planning extends this definition as “the conversion of wasteland into the highest and best uses suitable for a site’s post mining condition.” Using the case studies of two recent Baltimore County quarry reclamation projects, this presentation will explain the process used to unlock the economic value and community benefits of these retired quarry sites via location-specific reclamation planning, including 1)Analyzing the unique attributes of each site, its surrounding influences, and the groundwork needed to gain jurisdictional and community support; 2) Understanding the value of a collaborative team approach; 3) Describing the challenges and successes of the reclamation efforts at Greenspring Quarry and Delight Quarry; 4) Visiting the two sites via photographic images to show the before and after results of a successful quarry reclamation.

W55 Electrical Safety on the WaterNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ProdNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
John “Sonny” Lightsey, DSC Dredge, LLC 

Safe operation of electrical equipment on the water like dredges and floating conveyors requires proper equipment selection, installation, and operating practices. This presentation outlines MSHA‘s and NEC’s electrical requirements and some of the current best practices that exceed these standards and reduce the chance of on electrical related injury or equipment failure. Differences in protection schemes for low, medium and high voltage sources and the benefits of each of these are discussed in detail. Information about the shore-based isolation sub-station, on-water transmission line, ground monitoring and ground fault protection, and attached floating equipment is provided. Examples of both properly and improperly designed and/or operated equipment and related history is illustrated.

W65 Investing in a Good Relationship With MSHA Can Bring BenefitsNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Ed Elliott, Rogers Group Inc.

The process of working on behalf of safety and health, as well as compliance with MSHA standards, is a difficult one. But, this process can actually be aided by an operator’s proactive investment in a sound relationship with area and district office MSHA personnel so that the best compliance relationship can be struck. Ed Elliott of Rogers Group, Inc. – a company that typically enjoys one of the industry’s best total case incidence rates – can lend much perspective on the importance of investing money and time into the best possible relationship with the industry’s regulator for safety and health. The sad truth is: failure to heed these insights can make for an unduly expensive operation.

W66 The Rising Tide of MSHA Section 110(c) Special Investigations in Metal / NonmetalNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Max Corley and Jason Nutzman, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Due to the recent unfortunate spate of fatalities, MSHA Section 110(c) special investigations of foremen and other management personnel seem to be rising in the metal/nonmetal sector. This presentation will bring into focus the issues facing operators and management personnel during such investigations and will provide strategies for avoiding, mitigating or navigating the complex legal landscape of special investigations. The presentation will also detail the rights of operators and management and ways to protect and preserve those rights. Company owners, officers, HR and safety managers, foremen, in-house counsel and other management personnel will benefit from this insightful and timely discussion.

TH44 An Introduction to the Behavioral, Leadership, and Organizational Culture (BLOC) Program: Key Factors to Promote Safety Performance and ProductionNSG2419-SchoolIcons_LeaderNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Dr. Lori Guasta, Safety Solutions International, Inc.

Behavior, Leadership, and Organizational Culture are key factors in promoting positive safety and production performance in the workplace. An overview of the four topic areas comprising the BLOC program will be highlighted and attention given to the process of delivering the BLOC program and assessing a company’s health and safety maturity through the use of a maturity model that considers seven health and safety dimensions: Leadership Commitment, Strategic Importance, Safety Management System, Organizational Buy-In, Safety Resources, Training, and Technology Tools. Participants will be engaged in a combination of lecture, video, individual and small-group activities as a preview of the BLOC training that provides a unique opportunity to connect with the material and directly apply lessons to ones’ everyday work experience.

TH51 Contractor Safety and Training ComplianceNSG2419-SchoolIcons_ESH
Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

The presence of contractors and contingent workers on a worksite can create significant liability exposure, raises the chances of MSHA/OSHA citations, and creates confusion about which types of contractors and service providers need which types of training. This session will explore the main legal issues and safety considerations surrounding independent contractors, consultants, service workers and temporary personnel. The discussion will also address worker misclassification concerns and the Dept. of Labor, workers compensation considerations, and proactive strategies for contractor safety management and prequalification.