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Third Metal/Nonmetal Fatality Reported

On March 22, a 42-year-old lead man with six years of mining experience was fatally injured at a Martin Marietta Materials plant when he was struck by fly rock from blasting operations. The lead man was parked in his pickup truck at a location to prevent others from accessing the blasting site. He was approximately 1,200 ft. from the blast area.

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Oklahoma Road Conditions Cost Motorists Big Money

Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Oklahoma motorists a total of $4.9 billion statewide annually – $2,242 per driver in the Oklahoma City urban area - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, create jobs and support long-term economic growth in Oklahoma, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization.

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Safety Achievements Highlighted at MSHA Conference

Aggregates operators attained a historically low injury rate in 2015, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President for Safety Joseph Casper said at the MSHA South Central District Conference, held in Dallas on March 30.

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Legal Action Filed Against Silica Rule

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), in conjunction with the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association (GCAA), filed a petition on April 4 in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for review of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) crystalline silica rule. OSHA published the final rule on March 25 and unless stayed by the court, the rule is set to take effect June 23.

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