Space-Age Manufacturing

3D Printing Technology Being Used To Supply Hydraulic Fasteners To Customers In The Quarry Industry, Among Others. By Mark S. Kuhar 3D printing technology like that being tested to enable astronauts to manufacture precision parts in space is being used for a more down-to-earth application by Technofast Industries to supply hydraulic fasteners to customers in the mining, quarry, energy, construction…

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MSHA Reports 12th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on May 18, a telehandler at the Young Mine, Jefferson County, Tenn., was towing a trailer with a diesel pump onboard up an inclined underground roadway when the tow hitch suddenly broke. The trailer rolled down the roadway, striking and fatally injuring a contract laborer. This is the 12th fatality reported…

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Virtual Reality Hazard Awareness Training Program Developed

Underground and surface mines can be hazardous places, so when it comes to safety training in the mining profession, the old saying “practice makes perfect” holds true. To improve hazard safety instruction, a team at South Dakota Mines has spent the past year developing a virtual reality (VR) training module that mimics a mining environment. “We are using new technologies…

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Total Construction Falls in May as Housing Stumbles

Single-Family Construction Feeling Brunt Of Higher Material Prices; Highways Surge Higher. By Mark S. Kuhar Total construction starts dropped 1% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $902.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The brunt of the decline was borne by residential starts, while nonresidential and nonbuilding starts continued their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The…

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Granite Joins UN Global Corporate Sustainability Initiative

Granite has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, underscoring its focus on sustainability and environmental, social and governance issues. With this commitment, Granite demonstrates its long-term support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact principles. The UN Global Compact is a corporate initiative that encourages organizations to establish and define…

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Powered Haulage Safety

With MSHA Focusing On The Risks Of Powered Haulage, Planning And Assessment Are Critical For Quarry Operators.  By Brian Hendrix Right now, MSHA is focusing on powered haulage safety. It is fair to say that powered haulage safety is one of – if not THE – highest priority for MSHA. It’s not difficult to see why: nine of the 17…

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