A Rock Products Special Report: Refuting the Flawed Michigan State University Silicosis Study

A controversial study by a Michigan State University (MSU) research assistant – “Evaluation or Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel and Stone Surface Mine Workers” – that suggests an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state compared to the rate for production workers in other industries – is fundamentally flawed, according to Rock…

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A Rock Products Special Report: Silicosis, Asthma, COPD and Michigan’s Sand, Gravel and Stone Miners

By Joe McGuire This Rock Products special report, authored by safety consultant Joseph McGuire, was written to refute the findings in a recently released study, “Evaluation or Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel, and Stone Surface Mine Workers.” – Ed. Exposure to hazardous contaminants, including respirable silica dust, is a risk that is acknowledged and addressed within the stone, sand,…

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Mastering Stratification

June 23, 2022 – A feature in the June issue of Rock Products, “Mastering Stratification to Increase Productivity” makes the case that increased stratification leads to a greater quantity of fine material passing through the open area of the screen media, increasing the effective capacity of the machine. The article was written by Matthew Armstrong, a business development analyst at MAJOR. Stratification is essential for effective screening. Increased…

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Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding availability of up to $1 million in grants through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help the mining community identify, avoid and prevent unsafe and unhealthy working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. Established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, the program’s…

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Peckham Employees Save Man’s Life With Quick Action

Tommy Faxon was in the right place at the right time on the morning of June 9. Faxon, owner of Tommy Faxon Excavation, was displaying symptoms of a heart-related emergency while unloading a tanker at Peckham’s PARCO terminal at Union Street in Athens, N.Y. Scott Pooters, the company’s Liquid Division manager, was nearby as this was happening, along with fellow…

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