MSHA Reports 23rd Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 3, a miner at Bridgeport Stone Plant, Wise County, Texas, was run over by a customer tractor-trailer while walking to his normal work area.  This is the 23rd fatality reported in 2021, and the ninth classified as “Powered Haulage.” Year to date, this is the highest number of powered…

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MSHA to Hold Stakeholder Meetings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar on the Agency’s Request for Information (RFI) on Safety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground Mines. The RFI was published in the Federal Register on June 26.

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MSHA Seeking Data on Technologies to Improve Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is seeking data on technologies that can improve safety conditions for America’s miners. MSHA’s Request for Information (RFI) focuses on reducing accidents involving mobile equipment at surface mines, and belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. The RFI is available at the Federal Register.

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Kolberg-Pioneer Filter Kits for All Mobile Equipment

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI), released new filter kits for all mobile equipment. The new filter kits will further improve engine performance in asphalt and other dusty environments. “Our equipment is well-suited for RAP applications, these filters allow us to build on that strength for even better performance,” said Tim Harms, product manager for crushing and screening products.

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Cell Phones and Mobile Equipment Don’t Mix

Cell phone use while operating mobile equipment is a form of distracted driving and is extremely dangerous. MSHA and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers have jointly developed the following safety alert as a project within the alliance between the two organizations. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that cell phones are involved in 6,000 auto fatalities each year. Operating mobile equipment has inherent risks…

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Principle Number Five: Safety is a Given

By Randy K. Logsdon This is the fifth in a series of six columns exploring traditional principles of safety. Previous parts were entitled: “Safety First,” “Safety is Just Common Sense,” “Compliance = Safety” and “Accidents are a Matter of (Bad) Luck.” – Ed.

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