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Silica Rule Is Regulatory Overkill

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon publish a final workplace exposure standard for crystalline silica that will cut the permissible exposure limit in half. The final rule was recently issued by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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Five Minutes With Joe Main

92 JoeMain 150Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main Talks Impact Inspections, Low Fatalities and Boots on the Ground.

By Mark Kuhar

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Is ‘Good Enough’ Really Enough?

It was a hot and humid spring day and the three-man crew had just changed out the gear case on the secondary crusher in record time. Best of all, no one got hurt – not even a busted knuckle. The lead mechanic, Dave, had directed the entire operation and was anxious to test-run the crusher.

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Consent Decree Filed Where Operator Threatened, Fired Gun Around Inspectors

U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle approved a consent decree for a permanent injunction against Andersen & Sons Gravel, and owner Eric Andersen, from preventing MSHA inspections at the company’s mining operation based in Clallam County, Wash.

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