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Focus on Behavior to Manage Risk the Right Way

By Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D.

I have been assisting a large aggregate company in the western United States to implement a Behavior-Based Safety Process. This project started after the plant GM and HR Manager heard me speak at an MSHA Spring Thaw event where the theme of my talk was, “the best way to change others’ behaviors is to change your own.” Indeed, when the principles of human behavior are understood, changing one’s behavior to have a positive impact on the behaviors of others becomes possible. And, behavior starts to appear much more orderly and even predictable.

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Service Truck Bed Can Be Considered a ‘Working Place’

By Ellen Smith

In a case of first impression, ALJ William Moran ruled Dec. 19 that a service truck bed is a “working place” and subject to the housekeeping rules of 30 CFR 56.20003, which requires that “working places, passageways, storerooms and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly.”

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NSSGA, MSHA Reaffirm Alliance

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and the U. S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration reaffirmed their decade-old alliance aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses at U.S. aggregates operations. The 2002 MSHA-NSSGA Alliance was the first of its kind between an industry association and the federal government.

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People, People, People . . .

By Randy Logsdon

Sometimes it pays to reflect on how well our safety systems align with the fundamentals of safety – fundamentals being those basic concepts that lead to the prevention of injuries, property damage, and unplanned interruption. The old wisdom told us to focus on Engineering, Education and Enforcement (the 3 E’s). The infusion of behavioral psychology into safety philosophy brought us three similar and interrelated concepts – Person, Behavior and Environment.

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Common Sense Discarded In Citation Over Fatality

By James Sharpe

An adult conversation about the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 15-minute reporting rule is necessary after the agency slapped a Delaware aggregate operator with a $5,000 fine for failing to timely report a medical emergency.

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