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Brains, Not Brawn, the Path to Improved Safety

By James Sharpe

More smarts, not bigger muscles, is the solution to what ails safety and health in U.S. mining, according to a safety consultant who used to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Lafarge Gets Citations Dismissed for Alleged Equipment Defects

By Ellen Smith

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ALJ Patrick Augustine vacated four equipment citations issued to a Lafarge North American cement plant, after finding that the company did not have fair notice of the alleged violations.

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Get Back to Health

Concentra, a health and wellness company with 312 urgent care and occupational medicine centers in more than 40 states, reminds quarry workers that back injuries can be prevented.

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Just What Do You Mean?

By Randy Logsdon

When It Comes to Safety, Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say.

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Mine Operators Hold Key to Safe Workplaces

By James Sharpe

In the June issue, the Healthy Dialogue column “Time to Modernize Mine Safety” drew a response from the CEO of an aggregate mining company. In an e-mail, he said he agreed with my opinion that a good safety program should be risk-based. However, he said I was mistaken when I said the onus for mine safety and health should be squarely on the shoulders of the mine operator.

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