Free Opioid Guide Provides Practical Tips, Sample Policies

By Mark S. Kuhar Miners in the aggregates industry are at an increased risk to opioid harms such as addiction and overdose. Research shows that they are more likely than other workers to be prescribed opioids for work-related pain, with prescriptions often being of a longer and higher dose than other workers.  To help industry employers create a positive difference…

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MSHA’s New Enhanced Enforcement Program is ‘Something’

By Brian Hendrix Earlier this year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rolled out its “Enhanced Enforcement Program.” If this is news to you, you’re in good company. MSHA didn’t and still hasn’t done much to publicize it.  Word of the program has been circulating informally since early April, along with a written description dated Feb. 28, 2022. Then,…

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MSHA is Hiring! No Experience Necessary

MSHA May Be Hiring, But It Should Only Be Interested In Experienced Miners. By Brian Hendrix Across the board, the labor market is tight, and that’s particularly true in the mining industry. Miners are in short supply. Mine operators are hiring. MSHA is also hiring, but MSHA should only be interested in experienced miners. The Federal Mine Safety and Health…

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Preparing for MSHA’s “Take Time Save Lives” Campaign

MSHA Is Focusing On Task Training, So Let’s Look Quickly At What’s Required And What You Can Do To Comply. By Brian Hendrix MSHA recently announced its “Take Time Save Lives” campaign to “reach miners, promote best practice resources, and ensure mine operators have the tools they need to fully train miners to use equipment.”  This new campaign is MSHA’s…

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OIG’s Audit of MSHA Enforcement is a Mess

OIG Concluded That MSHA Wasn’t Effectively Managing the Enforcement Process. So What Does That Mean for You? By Brian Hendrix Audits aren’t fun for anyone, though it’s better to be the auditor rather than the auditee. Most of the time, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is basically the auditor. On occasion, MSHA is on the receiving end of…

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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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Victaulic Offers Series 725T 4-Way Diverter Valve

Victaulic has introduced a four-way diverter valve specifically designed to optimize backfill efficiency in mining operations. “The 725T is a game changer for mine operators that demand safety, reliability, and productivity enhancements across their sites,” said Aidan Niggel, director of product management for mining at Victaulic. “At Victaulic, we have a rich history of improving mine backfill operations, and the…

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Liebherr Offers New Mining Technology Product Portfolio

The Liebherr Mining Technology Product portfolio includes Machine Automation, Digital Services, and Assistance Systems and On-board Analytics product lines, providing customers with flexible scope of supply solutions to increase safety and asset operational effectiveness. Together, these products will support operator’s performance, optimize diagnostic processes, and automate machine functions, whilst integrating machine data and OEM expertise within the customers chosen technology…

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