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Mucha to Receive James M. Christie Award

Randall J. “Randy” Mucha, corporate director of health and safety for Lehigh Hanson, will receive the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy practices within his or her company and the industry.

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Eye Treatment Was A Reportable Injury; Miner Could Not Finish Shift

A citation issued to Northshore Mining Co. for failing to report an eye injury was upheld by the Commission where evidence showed the employee took time off from work to have debris removed from his eye, and could not work the remainder of the shift. The decision reverses an Oct. 21, 2015, decision by ALJ David Barbour (22 MSHN D-2382).

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Examination Citation for Elevators Violated Due Process Rights

Judge Thomas McCarthy vacated an S&S citation issued against Cemex’s Demopolis plant under §56.18002(a) for allegedly failing to designate a competent person to inspect elevators for each shift. The decision is similar to a July 2016, decision by Judge Barbour. Judge McCarthy found that the Secretary did not give “fair notice” to the operator that elevators fell within the definition of a “working place.”

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CEMEX USA Touts Safety Week, Health & Safety Academy

Cemex USA reaffirmed its commitment to workplace safety and the health of its employees with Safety Week 2017: Action-Based Safety, a company-wide initiative observed at its facilities across the United States.

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The Night Shift

This will be the last safety column by Randy Logsdon, as he has accepted appointment by the governor of New Mexico to the position of state mine inspector. We thank him for his contributions to Rock Products. – Ed.

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