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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MSHA Releases Report on Jan. 28 Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Jan. 28, while driving downhill, the 56-year-old driver of a concrete mixer truck at Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Inc., Greenlee County, Ariz., was fatally injured after he lost control of the truck. The truck overturned and the driver was ejected from the truck. Another miner, who was in the truck, was also…

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MSHA Releases Report on Jan. 26 Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) just released a report stating that on Jan. 26, a dump truck at Ouachita Rock Potable, Polk County, Ark., rolled backward onto a 54-year-old miner while the miner was attempting to troubleshoot a brake issue. The dump truck operator was unaware that the miner was under the truck when he released the parking brake, allowing…

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