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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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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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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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Three Points of Contact – or Control?

By Randy Logsdon

One of the tenets we use as a guide to directing personnel toward safe work performance is the phrase, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” It’s a concise way of expressing the concept that when giving direction it’s important to clearly state expectations – what is to be done; how, where, and when. (Say what you mean).

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