MSHA Reports 27th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Sept. 21, a 68-year-old contract truck driver with 20 years of experience was fatally injured at Bonito Pit, Valencia County, N.M., while operating a haul truck. The victim was found lying in front of his truck near the edge of a haul road. The truck was upright and in the opposite direction…

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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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Proposed MSHA Rule

Sept. 8, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. Under this proposal, mines would have flexibility…

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Safety Communication

Improving Worker Safety Through Soft Skill Development. By Joe McGuire, Emily Haas and Lucas Simpson When it comes to workplace communication those in the health, safety and environmental professions tend to focus on compliance [1]. Relatedly, hard skills are often emphasized during trainings to promote compliance.  Specifically, a cursory review of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) annual refresher training…

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FIRST LOOK – September 2021

TOP NEWS Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure BillThe Senate passed a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, a significant win for the aggregates and construction industries. Vulcan Material: Revenues on the Rise Vulcan Materials Co. announced results for the quarter ended June 30, reporting total second-quarter revenues of $1,361.0 million versus $1,322.6 million in the second quarter of 2020. Year-to-date revenues…

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