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MSHA 2014 Statistics Cite Higher Death Rate

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released preliminary data for calendar year 2014 and updated its Mine Safety and Health at a Glance web page. The charts include information on inspections; violations; number of mines and miners; and fatality and injury rates for coal, metal and nonmetal, and all mining. The data show that, while the 2014 overall operator-reported injury rate improved from the prior year to an historic low, the number of mining deaths and fatality rates increased, driven by an increased number of mining deaths in the metal and nonmetal sector.

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Athabasca Minerals Touts Aggregates Plant Growth

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Athabasca Minerals Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and 13 months ended Dec. 31, 2014. The company announced that revenue, net of royalties at its Susan Lake aggregates plant was $26.33 million for 2014 as compared to $25.36 million in 2013.

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Silica Standard Costs Vastly Underestimated

A new report released by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for the U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year – $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach.

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