MSHA Reports First Fatality of 2023

MSHA reported that on Jan. 4, a miner at Vulcan Materials’ Sevierville Quarry , Sevier, Tenn., was fatally injured while performing maintenance inside a jaw crusher. The pitman assembly (moving jaw) rotated, pinning the miner against the crusher housing.This is the first fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Machinery.” MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid…

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DOL Offers Safety App for Spanish-Speaking Miners

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Miner Safety and Health app for iOS and Android devices is now available in Spanish. In August 2022, the Mine Safety and Health Administration launched the app’s original version. With today’s launch, Spanish-speaking miners will have access to the app’s benefits. Users will need to switch their phone settings to Spanish to…

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What Is MSHA Doing With The Silica Rule?

MSHA Must Continue To Recognize Engineering Controls As The Primary Means To Eliminate Respirable Dust Within The Mine Atmosphere And Achieve Compliance. By Brian Hendrix Just a few days after the midterm elections in 2022, Sen. Joe Manchin and four of his colleagues in the Senate sent a letter to MSHA Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson to “formally request additional information…

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MSHA Reports 25th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Oct. 17 a miner at Holcim’s Ada quarry and plant in Pontotoc County, Okla., died when he fell approximately 90 ft. from the walkway outside the plant’s mill building. This is the 25th fatality reported in 2022, and the third classified as “Slip or Fall of Person.” MSHA recommends the…

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Happy Miners Day

Dec. 6, 2022 –  Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Christopher J. Williamson issued the following statement in recognition of Dec. 6 as National Miners Day. “Each December, our nation marks National Miners Day to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of America’s miners. Our miners and their families deserve our gratitude for all they give – and have given – to strengthen our nation…

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