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Mucking and Loading Haul Truck Not Permitted Near Blast Site

By Ellen Smith

A blast site area was not “secure” where a front-end loader was mucking in the quarry pit below the bench where explosives were being loaded into blastholes ALJ David Barbour ruled, upholding a violation of §56.6306(c) against the blasting company Orica Nelson Quarry Services.

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MSHA Reports on Impact Inspections

MSHA reported that federal inspectors issued 213 citations, 23 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at nine coal mines and five metal/nonmetal mines last month.

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Rose Colored Safety Glasses

By Randy K. Logsdon

There are really only two steps that are critical to the success of achieving a goal: Formulate a plan and execute the plan.

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Fatality Reported at Crushed Stone Plant

According to MSHA, on Sept. 18, a 56-year-old front-end loader operator with 16 years of experience was killed at a crushed stone operation. The victim was attempting to remove a rock from a pug mill hopper when he was engulfed by the material in the hopper.

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Non-Fatal Heart Attack Doesn’t Require 15-Minute MSHA Notification

By Ellen Smith

A non-fatal heart attack where a miner did not receive CPR is not an immediately reportable injury under reporting requirements of §50.10, ALJ L. Zane Gill has ruled.

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