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November 2014

Nov 01, 2014

November 2014

Crushing for Particle Shape

Stuck in the middle?

Nov 01, 2014

Stuck in the middle?

  Is it logical to think that one level in the organization holds the key to safety performance? Often times, we speak of the importance of top management in setting the “tone from the top” and supervisors leading the daily charge ...

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Challenges continue on POV rule

Nov 01, 2014

Challenges continue on POV rule

In January 2013, the final Pattern of Violations (POV) rule was announced by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA amended the POV rule by making two significant changes: it eliminated the preliminary Potential Pattern of Violations (PPOV) notice ...

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October 2014

Oct 31, 2014

October 2014

Haul Road Construction and Maintenance

Conveyor Safety: 101

Oct 22, 2014

Conveyor Safety: 101

By Larry Goldbeck When times are tight, it’s more important than ever to minimize risk with ongoing maintenance and safety programs that help protect workers, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency. Few would argue with the assertion that a single serious conveyor accident ...

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Balancing safety, production, and efficiency

Oct 01, 2014

Balancing safety, production, and efficiency

Recently, I was involved in a conversation on a LinkedIn forum discussing the best way to balance safety, production and efficiency. In order to achieve balance, it’s imperative to realize that one cannot exist without the others. Too often, safety and ...

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Tales of Route 66: The bones of a country

Oct 01, 2014

Tales of Route 66: The bones of a country

Leaving Winslow, Ariz., we follow the same path described by Steinbeck, past Flagstaff and Williams (the Gateway to the Grand Canyon), and on to Seligman. Route 66 has roughly paralleled I-40 since Oklahoma, and, finally, it veers north away from ...

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Proper selection and maintenance of your dewatering pumps goes a long way toward keeping the plant dry

Oct 01, 2014

Proper selection and maintenance of your dewatering pumps goes a long way toward keeping the plant dry

Submersible dewatering pumps have one clear goal — to move water, whether it’s to another location for reuse or to simply remove water from a low-lying area. For the most part, they require little maintenance. But before you set and forget ...

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Hawaiian drilling an blasting contractor sees productivity improvements and fuel savings with new drills

Oct 01, 2014

Hawaiian drilling an blasting contractor sees productivity improvements and fuel savings with new drills

Over many eons, volcanoes have erupted from the floor of the Pacific Ocean and formed the Hawaiian Islands, which slowly rise from the bottom. Today, those mountains of volcanic rock are a boon for Blasting Technology Inc., a drilling and ...

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How do your employees perceive your views on safety?

Oct 01, 2014

How do your employees perceive your views on safety?

“For many, many years I had in my mind we were a real ‘safety’ company, because that was all that was ever preached to us. Safety first. We’ve always had safety meetings. We always had incentive programs. We had safety ...

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Bigger penalties ahead

Oct 01, 2014

Bigger penalties ahead

On July 31, MSHA published proposed revisions to the current criteria and procedures for assessment of civil penalties.  79 Fed. Reg. 147.  MSHA’s stated purpose in promulgating the revisions is to place a greater emphasis on more serious safety and ...

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Excellent advice for roof control in underground mines

Sep 29, 2014

Excellent advice 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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