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Distracted Driving as an Occupational Hazard

Stricter Enforcement Coming up the Road.
By Adele Abrams

Most people are, by now, aware that the new technology that allows us to be “connected” wherever we are has perils when it is used behind the wheel. Cell phone conversations, as well as texting or reviewing emails, while driving have caused many fatalities and deaths and are now subject to legal constraints in many states that require “hands-free” calls and impose zero tolerance for text/emailing by drivers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of occupational death in the United States. Moreover, occupational drivers are over-represented in crashes when compared with non-occupational drivers.

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A Quarry with a Solar System

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BoDean Co.’s Mark West Quarry will make history on May 11 when they “flip the switch” and become the first quarry in the world to be 100 percent reliant on solar power.

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MSHA Announces Online Tool to Self-Monitor for POV Screening

MSHA announced the availability of an online service that enables mine operators, miners and others to monitor a mining operation to determine if it could be subject to a potential pattern of violations.

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The Right Tool

By Randy Logsdon

It’s a marvelous tool. I keep one in my desk and one in my car. The multi-tool (sometimes known generically as a “leatherman”) is the modern equivalent of the Swiss Army Knife. It’s marvelous because it is one tool that can do so many things. But is it the right tool?

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