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Zatezalo Confirmed to Head MSHA


David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017.

During his confirmation process, Zatezalo told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that he would seek more consistent enforcement from agency officials and improved use of technology to boost safety and focus on “safer mining and health behaviors.”

As safety is the top priority for aggregates operations everywhere, The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) said it looks forward to working with Zatezalo and continuing to educate administration officials at MSHA on the aggregates industry’s commitment to safety.

NSSGA previously welcomed Zatezalo’s interest in re-establishing the Small Mines Office that provided compliance assistance for small operations.