Aggregates Operations Earn Sentinels of Safety Awards

In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., the National Mining Association (NMA), the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement honored outstanding achievements in mine safety and technology. NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a…

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Slingshot Safety Glasses

Slingshot (BKFLEX-4050AFP) safety glasses by Brass Knuckle load up on eye-protecting features and puts them in a package that manages to be sporty and stylish – and affordable and functional. Slingshot brings together world-leading anti-fog and the highest UV protection, adds all-day-wear comfort features, and never breaks the bank. Fog and UV rays are ever-present bullies to workers in extreme…

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NSSGA Announces Safety Award Recipients

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the winners of the Safety Excellence Awards, the Louis Griesemer Sterling Safety Awards and the James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award. “Safety is a core value across our members and their operations. We congratulate this year’s winners of the Safety Awards, as they represent the best…

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MSHA Reports 14th, 15th Fatalities

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 20, a contract driller was working outside of his drill at 3M Little Rock Industrial Mineral Products, Pulaski County, Ark., when he fell from the top of a highwall. This is the 14th fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Slip or Fall of Person.” To avoid…

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Questionable Study Raises Health Concerns for Sand and Gravel Workers

A new study by Michigan State University shows 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. But does the study bring up legitimate concerns or was it designed to highlight a solution to a problem that does not exist?…

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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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