Williamson Confirmed as New MSHA Assistant Secretary

The U.S. Senate held a voice vote and confirmed Chris Williamson as the next assistant secretary for mine safety and health. The West Virginia native comes to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where he was senior counsel to Chair Lauren McFerran.  Prior to working at the NLRB, Williamson held positions at…

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Martin Marietta Achieves Record Safety Performance

Martin Marietta employees set new benchmarks for safety in 2021 as the company completed its safest year on record. Heritage operations reduced reportable incidents by 21%, which led to Martin Marietta teams achieving a total injury incidence rate (TIIR) of 0.84; the performance exceeded the world-class TIIR standard of 0.90 for the first time in company history. Three operating divisions…

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Vaccination Pilot Program Targets Miners in Kentucky, Arizona

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new program designed to encourage and help America’s miners to get the COVID-19 protections that vaccinations offer. The department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will pilot the Mine Vaccine Outreach Program to deliver free vaccinations in mining communities and provide educational outreach to mining communities in Kentucky and Arizona on the safety…

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Granite Receives Two Safety Awards

Granite received two 2021 CalCIMA Excellence in Safety Awards at the 2021 CalCIMA Education Conference. The awards recognize “exceptional contributions to safety leadership, innovation, and commitment,” and award categories include aggregate, industrial mineral, cement, concrete, and asphalt facilities, as well as employees, safety professionals, and special recognition. Granite’s Solari Sand & Gravel facility in Arvin, Calif., won in the Small…

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CalCIMA Announces Excellence in Safety Awards Winners

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) announced its 2021 Excellence in Safety Awards winners. These awards acknowledge the exceptional work and contributions to safety in regard to leadership, innovation, commitment, and impact beyond the plant. “Safety has to be JOB #1 in our industry. We’re proud to prioritize the safety of our workers from training and tools, to…

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NIOSH Announces Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Awards

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program, in conjunction with the Industrial Minerals Association–North America, the National Mining Association, and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, recognized four organizations in their respective industry sectors, some for developing new safety tools and systems, and others for instituting new health protocols to keep their workforce safe during…

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MSHA: No Mining Operation Meets Pattern of Violations Criteria

For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) found none of the nation’s 12,000 mining operations met the criteria for one of the agency’s toughest enforcement tools, its pattern of violations (POV) screening. In MSHA’s annual screening of operations from Aug. 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021, the agency found…

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Proposed MSHA Rule Targets Mobile Equipment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. The written safety program would include actions mine operators would…

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US Aggregates Hosts Emergency Action Drills

US Aggregates hosted an emergency action drill at its Monon, Ind., quarry on July 24. The drill, in collaboration with Ozinga, Monon Fire Department, Monticello Fire Department and Lutheran Health Network, is part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring workplace safety for US Aggregates employees. During the drill, an Ozinga employee noticed one of its “workers” (Steve, a dummy filled…

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MSHA Reports 23rd Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 3, a miner at Bridgeport Stone Plant, Wise County, Texas, was run over by a customer tractor-trailer while walking to his normal work area.  This is the 23rd fatality reported in 2021, and the ninth classified as “Powered Haulage.” Year to date, this is the highest number of powered…

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