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Will 2016 bring more criminal prosecutions under the DOL/DOJ worker safety initiative?

Feb 10, 2016

Will 2016 bring more criminal prosecutions under the DOL/DOJ worker safety initiative?

Just prior to the end of 2015, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Labor (DOL) announced an expanded “worker endangerment initiative.” Under this initiative, the government plans to increase both the frequency and effectiveness of its prosecution of worker safety-related ...

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15 tips for a healthy undercarriage

Feb 07, 2016

15 tips for a healthy undercarriage

Undercarriage maintenance is critical to the overall productivity of a machine. It is the mechanism that gives tracked machines much of their power and stability. It also represents a high percentage of the total operating cost of the machine over ...

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Start production off right with great fragmentation

Feb 02, 2016

Start production off right with great fragmentation

By Mary McCaig-Foster, Contributing Editor Get Great Fragmentation The goal of drilling and blasting is more than just putting rock onto the ground for the processing plant. Many mine operators do not make efforts to optimize the drilling and blasting process until ...

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Learn the legend behind one of the world’s geologic wonders: the Glasshouse Mountains

Feb 01, 2016

Learn the legend behind one of the world’s geologic wonders: the Glasshouse Mountains

“These hills…are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glass house, and for this reason I called them the Glass Houses.” Captain James Cook, May 17, 1770 Back in 2004, my wife, Pam, and I had ...

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Linear road crusher offers a new approach to gravel road repair

Feb 01, 2016

Linear road crusher offers a new approach to gravel road repair

Acommon gravel road repair and road building approach is to remove oversize rocks and bury subgrade problems, such as potholes or protruding rock, under additional gravel. But this “band aid” approach, which does not deal with underlying problems, is costly. ...

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Škocjan Caves

Jan 23, 2016

Škocjan Caves

During my career as a geologist, I have been fortunate to see some fascinating geology. This year, I would like to share some of those geologic experiences with you: some truly magnificent, others simply a curiosity. One outstanding experience was a ...

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Changing the maintenance mindset

Jan 21, 2016

Changing the maintenance mindset

Like all quarries, the journey from being a reactive plant to one that operates within a preventive and predictive equipment culture can be a long one. The question to be asked despite the lengthy journey is: Can the gains be ...

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Discrimination claims on the rise

Jan 10, 2016

Discrimination claims on the rise

Discrimination complaints under the Mine Act have become more commonplace in recent years, with the number of filed complaints increasing for the past several years. The expectation is that this trend will continue for quite some time. According to a ...

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Keys to extending tire life

Jan 06, 2016

Keys to extending tire life

We all know the importance of equipment management to minimize production interruptions related to maintenance downtime. How much attention does your operation pay to the management of its heavy equipment tires? Not all tire management, however, directly involves the tires. ...

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The Review Commission may have provided a roadmap for POV litigation

Dec 30, 2015

The Review Commission may have provided a roadmap for POV litigation

The Review Commission vacated ALJ Moran’s decision in Brody Mining, LLC, sending the case back for further proceedings after concluding that ALJ Moran erred in invalidating the POV notice issued to Brody. Brody Mining, LLC, Docket Nos. WEVA 2014-82-R, et ...

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Tips for caring for your cone crusher

Dec 29, 2015

Tips for caring for your cone crusher

Acone crusher punishes itself during every minute of operation. It squeezes a dense mass between heavy castings until the mass disintegrates. It abrades and minces aggregate until the material yields to the applied forces. It rumbles and vibrates and bangs ...

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Getting the story about Barre Granite straight from the source

Dec 29, 2015

Getting the story about Barre Granite straight from the source

During this past year, I have quoted many people in my articles about Barre Granite. I unintentionally ignored the rocks, so I interviewed one. Here it is. Langer: I am talking with a member of the Barre Granite pluton. You said ...

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