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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Lehigh Expansion Opposed by County

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. wants to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry near Cupertino, Calif., to increase mining. As part of the amendment, the proposal asks to disturb an area of the “Permanente Ridge” that is about 100 vertical ft. in height and 4,000 ft. across, according to the Palo Alto Times. The company’s proposal would effectively…

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Sandvik Top Hammer XL Launched Virtually

March 24, 2021 – At a special virtual product launch event, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions introduced the Top Hammer XL, its latest innovation in surface top hammer drilling. The new, groundbreaking drilling system, targeting large-scale quarry and surface mining customers, offers a faster, more fuel-efficient and more cost-effective way to drill holes 140 to 178 mm (5.5 to 7 in.)…

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Weir Completes Acquisition of ESCO

The Weir Group PLC completed the acquisition of ESCO Corp., a leading provider of ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure markets, for an enterprise value of $1,285 million. It follows regulatory clearance for the transaction, which was first announced in April. “We are delighted to formally welcome ESCO to Weir,” said Weir Group Chief Executive Jon Stanton. “It is…

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Tesmec Rock Hawg for Surface Mining Applications

Tesmec surface miners are suitable to excavate even strong and unfractured rock, cutting vertical walls and square corners while producing low amounts of dust. Tesmec surface mining machines can be equipped with laser for grade control and/or GPS for auto steering and grade control. The high production capacity of the Tesmec Rock Hawg reduces the need of multiple units to a single unit working in the…

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