April 17, 2014
The Maine Aggregate Association (MAA) has recognized 49 of its member companies exceptional safety in the past year.
At its 2014 Annual Membership Meeting, the association noted that each of those companies had no accidents or injuries during mining operations in 2013.
The meeting focused on employee safety and environmental compliance and included several guest speakers who discussed these topics.
Ted Johnston, a consultant to Maine’s aggregate industry, spoke about the importance of establishing internal environmental compliances audits and checklists to stay compliant with state, federal and local regulations.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) Mining Unit staff members Mark Stebbins & Christina Stacy talked about how industry compliance has improved over the last 20 years. Stebbins noted that MAA member companies achieved a 91-percent compliance rate with state environmental regulations.
Chip Laite, president of the MAA Joseph A. Holmes Safety Council, said in written statement that MAA member companies and 590 miners in the state put in a total of 674,141 work hours in pits and quarries in 2013. Laite noted that those figures are based on reports from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The meeting also featured keynote speaker Maine Governor Paul LePage, who highlighted his plans to spend $2 billion on road construction in the next three years.
Dave Turin from the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” television show provided entertainment for the event. He told attendees about how his involvement with the show began and about some of the real-life situations the show has displayed.