MSHA Reports Seventh Machinery Death of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 4, a mine manager at Wooten Sand & Gravel Inc., Miller County, Ark. died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.   While kneeling on the bulldozer’s track, the victim accidentally engaged the lever that put the bulldozer in reverse.  The bulldozer track moved the victim to the rear of…

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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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MSHA Launches Silica Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that silica dust affects thousands of miners each year and, without adequate protection, miners face risks of serious illnesses, many of which can be…

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Just …. No!

If I had any hair to tear out, this month I would be tearing my hair out while yelling, “Just … No!” First, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that…

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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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Court Orders Missouri Mine Owner to Let Inspectors Onsite

A federal district court judge issued an injunction to prevent a Missouri mine operator and its owner from stopping federal inspectors from completing workplace safety inspections now and in the future at the Partridge Sand & Gravel mine in Stone, Mo. The court action follows an incident at the mine on Aug. 17, 2021, when inspectors with the U.S. Department…

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MSHA Details 35th Fatality of 2021

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Dec. 6, 2021, a miner at Palm Beach Aggregates LLC, Palm Beach, Fla., was fatally injured while he was working in a pan feeder under a chute.  While attempting to remove angle iron that blocked the chute’s gate from closing, he was engulfed by material that fell from a surge…

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Safety Professionals Recognized at TRAM

Nov. 30, 2021 – At the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s recent Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) conference, held online Nov. 2-4, Ash Grove Cement was a Grand Prize Winner in the Training Materials Competition. You may recall that Joseph McGuire, Ph.D., an independent safety and health consultant; and Lucas Simpson, B.S., a safety manager for Ash Grove Cement,…

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