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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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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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Denial of walk around rights during impact inspection may lead to vacated citations

Sep 01, 2014

Denial of walk around rights during impact inspection may lead to vacated citations

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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