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Tips for roof control in underground mines

Sep 19, 2014

Tips for roof control in underground mines

“An underground mine is a hole in the earth where Mother Nature never intended for one to be. There are inherent hazards in an underground stone mine — many created by gravity — that miners must be able to recognize ...

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California producer keeps neighbors content and costs down as it implements cutting-edge dust control measures

Sep 06, 2014

California producer keeps neighbors content and costs down as it implements cutting-edge dust control measures

Few companies can match Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BoDean Co.’s commitment to the environment and its sustainable practices. The growth of its recycling operations, its utilization of the sun’s heat to dry aggregates, the use of photo-voltaic solar power to operate 100% ...

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Workhorses of the Quarry

Sep 02, 2014

Workhorses of the Quarry

Unscheduled downtime. Paired together, the two words can send chills down the backs of aggregate producers. In an industry where minutes equate to thousands of dollars, and machines work with harsh, abrasive materials, unscheduled maintenance or unplanned downtime is unacceptable. ...

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Safety Excellence

Sep 01, 2014

Safety Excellence

 If you surveyed a group of safety professionals and asked them what percentage of accidents are caused by conditions and what percentage are the result of at-risk behaviors, you would likely get a response of about 10 percent conditions and ...

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Rock Law

Sep 01, 2014

Rock Law

Denial of walkaround rights during impact inspection may lead to vacated citations.    Since April 2010, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has conducted special inspections known as impact inspections that target mines MSHA has purportedly identified as requiring increased attention ...

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Carved In Stone

Sep 01, 2014

Carved In Stone

Such a Fine Site to See… As Route 66 winds into Arizona, there are many mineralogical sites worth visiting.   At the end of the Mexican-American War (1848), the United States came into possession of a huge wilderness of rugged deserts, deep canyons, and rocky ...

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Equipment Management

Sep 01, 2014

Equipment Management

  Breakers are powerful, versatile, and efficient — crucial equipment for a mining or aggregates operation. Whether it is a hydraulic or gas-fired breaker, the attachment is a highly effective tool for sizing large aggregates; however, with the new and evolving ...

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Top 10 tips for maximizing articulated truck life

Aug 13, 2014

Top 10 tips for maximizing articulated truck life

Article written by Debbie McClung Like the sage investment advice, “buy low, sell high,” articulated dump trucks, or ADTs, have a greater return on investment when a low total cost of ownership is paired with high use. While an ADT’s longevity ...

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Miner’s discrimination complaints: What’s an operator to do?

Aug 05, 2014

Miner’s discrimination complaints:  What’s an operator to do?

This article has been contributed by Max L. Corley, III. Mine operators across the United States are facing an unprecedented number of miners’ discrimination complaints filed under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act. The rise in discrimination complaints can be partly ...

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PHOTOS: Utah operator balances specifications and production

Jul 24, 2014

PHOTOS: Utah operator balances specifications and production

As one of the leading aggregate producers in the state of Utah, Geneva Rock Products is no stranger to meeting tight specs on large-scale, complex projects. Established in 1954 and headquartered in Orem, Utah, Geneva Rock Products has a long and ...

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Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

Jul 01, 2014

Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

by M. Robin Repass With the popularity of social media as a source of communication in today’s workplace, it is essential to construct sound policies to balance an employer’s rights to protect business assets versus an employee’s right to discuss workplace ...

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See the light on Route 66

Jul 01, 2014

See the light on Route 66

By Bill Langer Along the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque, be sure to watch for the light from a miner’s cabin. We leave Adrian, Texas, in our rear view mirror as we continue our westward trek along old Route 66/Interstate 40. Soon we ...

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