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Tales from an Old Timer

Apr 01, 2015

Tales from an Old Timer

“Stones that are very large, and which cannot with ease be removed whole , may be blown to pieces with gunpowder. They will be not only more handy for removing, but far better to put into walls. For the blowing ...

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MSHA inspection focus: fatality prevention

Apr 01, 2015

MSHA inspection focus: fatality prevention

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently announced a fatality prevention initiative in response to increased fatalities within the metal and non-metal sector, which has recorded 37 deaths from October 2013 to January 2015. MSHA announced its fatality prevention ...

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Radial stackers vs. mast stackers: a stronger side of material handling

Apr 01, 2015

Radial stackers vs. mast stackers: a stronger side of material handling

Conveyor systems vary widely in overall quality and efficiency. Consider that operations may obtain conveyors from a variety of sources — from in-house or local fabrication operations, to used equipment outlets, to opting for the latest technologies from major manufacturers. ...

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Reclaimed Aggregates Inc. controls dust and employs sustainable paving practices

Apr 01, 2015

Reclaimed Aggregates Inc. controls dust and employs sustainable paving practices

A leading west coast recycler of asphalt and concrete material from large demolition and road projects has successfully employed an atomized mist dust suppression system to control air quality in and around its Chula Vista plant. Reclaimed Aggregates Inc. (RAI) ...

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Battling Mother Nature to mine Barre ledge stone

Mar 01, 2015

Battling Mother Nature to mine Barre ledge stone

“There sits a stone-mason... His hammer, his chisels, his wedges, his shims or half-rounds, his iron spoon — I suspect that these tools are hoary with age as with granite dust… His work is slow and expensive. Nature is here ...

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Information wins liability cases

Mar 01, 2015

Information wins liability cases

Because the Mine Act is a strict liability statute, liability is not attributed to an operator in the way many persons would expect. Rather, it means liability without fault. It is not simply a matter of right or wrong with respect ...

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Operator performance drives the bottom line

Mar 01, 2015

Operator performance drives the bottom line

The economic recovery brings renewed (and welcome) demand for building materials. Recently, this trend coincides with lower diesel prices. Rising demand plus lower costs; is a golden age just around the corner? Most likely, it will be something less. Regardless of ...

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Take a systematic approach toward excellence in safety

Feb 06, 2015

Take a systematic approach toward excellence in safety

Dr. Dan Petersen was an industrial psychologist and arguably one of the most influential safety professionals in the areas of safety management and theory. Through years of research and working with companies throughout the world, Petersen determined that, although there ...

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Bump your payload

Feb 03, 2015

Bump your payload

  People love the adage “less is more.” But sometimes “more is more” is just as true.  The team that scores the most points wins. A car with more horsepower is faster. In the aggregates industry, “more is more” is a universal ...

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Growing with Calgary

Feb 03, 2015

Growing with Calgary

Lafarge Canada Inc. has 10 active aggregate operations around Calgary, which include five mobile plants, two fixed wash plants, two mobile wash plants, and the company’s flagship operation at Spy Hill. Spy Hill, a 640-acre property with a large fixed ...

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There, the name is Barre

Jan 05, 2015

There, the name is Barre

Sept. 3, 1793. “The combatants advanced upon each other, and soon Thompson, by a well-directed blow, brought his antagonist to the floor, and springing upon him at full length, began to aim his heavy blows at his head and face; but ...

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MSHA statistics and alerts scrutinize safety practices

Jan 05, 2015

MSHA statistics and alerts scrutinize safety practices

There have been 25 fatalities at metal and non-metal (M/NM) operations from October 2013 through August 2014 — a marked increase over years past. In response, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) convened a stakeholder meeting in May 2014 ...

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