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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2022 Unified Mine Rescue Rules and Resources

March 14, 2022 – The 2022 rules for Mine Rescue, Bench, First Aid, and Team Tech have been approved by the Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA) Rules and Advisory committees. Training on the 2022 rules will take place virtually via Webex on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16. To access the rules documents and information for connecting to these meetings, please click here.

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Mine Safety Campaign to Reinforce Training Miners Properly

Over the past year, dozens of miners have been injured or killed in mining incidents, many of which could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks. This unacceptable trend has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to initiate a new safety campaign to reach miners and educate mine operators on their responsibility to ensure a safe workplace…

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MSHA Reports Second, Third Fatalities of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Jan. 7, a 35-year-old continuous mining machine (CMM) operator was fatally injured when he was pinned between the remote controlled CMM and the coal rib; and on Jan. 11, a 32-year-old miner died while driving on a mine road when a tree fell from a highwall onto the cab of his pickup truck.

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MSHA Reports First Fatality of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Jan. 7, a 49-year-old front-end loader operator with 15 years of mining experience died at Arcosa’s Fayette County, Pa., operation when a large rock fell from the mine roof, crushing the cab of the front-end loader. When the accident occurred, the victim was loading material from a recently blasted shot.

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