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.

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NIOSH Announces Release of ErgoMine 2.0 App Update

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched version 2.0 of the ErgoMine app, an on-the-ground resource for mine workers and mine safety and health professionals. The auditing app helps to identify, record and track ergonomics and safety hazards that can lead to injuries, illnesses, and fatalities at the worksite.

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Krumenacher Pens Quarry Regulatory Book

Industry consultant Mark J. Krumenacher, senior principal/senior vice president for GZA GeoEnvironmental, has written a new book, “Quarry Regulatory Control and Permitting: Defending the Foundation of a Sustainable Society.” “There is no book or information source that addresses the extent of regulatory control and oversight and the challenges of permitting,” Krumenacher said. “If you or your partners have experienced the…

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OSSGA Presents Health & Safety Innovation Award

James Dick Construction’s Brechin Quarry and Assinck Limited were presented with the inaugural 2020 Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) Health & Safety Innovation Award, in recognition of their innovative Safe-T-Key that allows for opening/closing doors, and punching keypads without touching surfaces, thereby preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Granite Earns Three CalCIMA Safety Awards

Granite received three California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2020 Excellence in Safety Awards. The annual awards recognize mines, plants and individuals for their exemplary contributions to safety leadership, innovation, and communication, and how well they extend safety beyond their workplace setting. Winners are selected by a judging panel of committee members.

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NIOSH Presents 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 (IMA-NA), the National Mining Association (NMA), and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), 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…

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