Technology Policy

Does MSHA Enforcement Curb The Adoption Of Developments In Mobile Equipment Safety?  By Brian Hendrix Last September, MSHA proposed a new rule on powered haulage safety, the “Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment” rule. MSHA has since held a (virtual) public hearing on the proposed rule, received several dozen comments from a range of industry stakeholders and is working on…

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FIRST LOOK – October 2022

TOP NEWSYork Building Products Acquires Union QuarriesYork Building Products acquired Union Quarries, a Carlisle, Pa.-based manufacturer of crushed stone, asphalt and ready-mix concrete products. Chris Wright, president of Union Quarries, noted, “We believe our customers and employees will be very pleased with the future course of the company, and look forward to this new chapter in our history.” PACA Holds…

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MSHA Reports Seventh Machinery Death of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 4, a mine manager at Wooten Sand & Gravel Inc., Miller County, Ark. died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.   While kneeling on the bulldozer’s track, the victim accidentally engaged the lever that put the bulldozer in reverse.  The bulldozer track moved the victim to the rear of…

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MSHA Reports 21st Fatality of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Sept. 9, a dredge operator at Barry Industrial Sand Inc., Orange County, Texas, drowned while working in a dredge pond. This is the 21st fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Drowning.” MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: Make sure a competent…

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MSHA Emergency Unit Wins International Mine Rescue Skills Competition

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration’s “Mine Emergency Unit” bested competitors from around the world and finished first at the International Mines Rescue Competition, held Sept. 11-16, 2022, in Beaver, W.Va. After a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the biennial event resumed at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy where highly…

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MSHA’s New Enhanced Enforcement Program is ‘Something’

By Brian Hendrix Earlier this year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rolled out its “Enhanced Enforcement Program.” If this is news to you, you’re in good company. MSHA didn’t and still hasn’t done much to publicize it.  Word of the program has been circulating informally since early April, along with a written description dated Feb. 28, 2022. Then,…

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New App Will Provide Miners With Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration launched an app for use on iPhone and Android devices that will help get timely information directly to miners and members of the mining community. The app allows miners to easily use the tool at mine sites and outside of working hours to search for best safety and health practices…

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MSHA Update

A Number Of Aggregates Operations Have Suffered Fatalities So Far This Year. Here Is A Selection Of Incidents. 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…

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