Stay Hydrated in Hot Weather

June 24, 2022 – It’s hot out there, and in the quarry, they are working hard. National Hydration Day is recognized on June 23 to remind us that hydration is vital to our health and wellbeing. While staying hydrated may seem like a simple task, lack of hydration can lead to heat illness, heat stroke and even death. Staying hydrated is especially important…

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A Rock Products Special Report: Refuting the Flawed Michigan State University Silicosis Study

A controversial study by a Michigan State University (MSU) research assistant – “Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel and Stone Surface Mine Workers” – that suggests an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state compared to the rate for production workers in other industries – is fundamentally flawed, according to Rock…

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Mine Safety Campaign to Reinforce Training Miners Properly

Over the past year, dozens of miners have been injured or killed in mining incidents, many of which could have been prevented with proper training and attention to tasks. This unacceptable trend has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to initiate a new safety campaign to reach miners and educate mine operators on their responsibility to ensure a safe workplace…

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NIOSH Study a Warning to Noise-Exposed Workers

A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that more than half of noise-exposed workers didn’t use hearing protection “always” or “usually” when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. Hearing protection device (HPD) non-use was only measured in workers who reported exposure to noise on the job. The study was published online Oct. 1, 2021, in the American Journal…

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NSSGA Names Safety Award Recipients

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the winners of the Safety Excellence Awards and the Louis Griesemer Sterling Safety Awards. The Safety Excellence Awards recognize operations that maintain a safe workplace, evidenced by its safety performance over a consecutive period without an MSHA-reportable injury. The Louis Griesemer Sterling Safety Awards recognize NSSGA member companies that have the lowest total accident incidence…

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