Rock Products - The Leading Voice of the Aggregate Industries.

Diesel Study Results Present New Challenge

By James Sharpe

The long-awaited results of the federal government’s Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study (DEMS) are in. They claim an elevated risk of lung cancer exists with elevated exposure to diesel particulate.

Read more: Diesel Study Results Present New Challenge

Crucial Conversations Lead to Improved Safety

By Randy Logsdon

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart spoke for many of us when he used the phrase, “I know it when I see it,” in connection with a case before the high court that was attempting to define a test for pornography. Similarly, we may find it hard to define a “good safety attitude” and conversely a “poor safety attitude,” but we know it when we see it.

Read more: Crucial Conversations Lead to Improved Safety

MSHA Issues Conveyor Start-Up Clarification

MSHA has issued a Program Information Bulletin (PIB) to emphasize to the metal and nonmetal mining industry the requirements for conveyor start-up warnings involving both manually operated and automatically operated conveyor belt systems at surface and underground mining locations.

Read more: MSHA Issues Conveyor Start-Up Clarification

Management Working for LLCs Subject to Personal Liability Under Mine Act

By Ellen Smith

Citing the legislative history of the 1969 and 1977 Mine Acts, along with corporate laws of several states, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that “agents” working for companies who are limited liability corporations can be charged under the Mine Act’s 110(c) provisions.

Read more: Management Working for LLCs Subject to Personal Liability Under Mine Act