Tags: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Proper Dredge Maintenance Yields Higher Profits

Feb 01, 2013

Proper Dredge Maintenance Yields Higher Profits

Four key tasks should be part of a dredge maintenance plan to help ensure long-term operation.   Proper equipment maintenance is the key to long-term success, since it reduces production uncertainty by increasing availability, reducing energy consumption, decreasing or eliminating environmental and ...

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Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

Feb 01, 2013

Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

For daily news updates and web-exclusive news items, visit the “AggBeat” section of our website at www.aggman.com   ‘Animal feed’ segment can be a compelling outlet in uncertain economic times.   by Tina Grady Barbaccia, News and Digital Editor tgbarbaccia@randallreilly.com     In a challenging economy, creating additional ...

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MSHA wins two on jurisdiction issues

Jan 07, 2013

MSHA wins two on jurisdiction issues

Two recent decisions confirm what many in the mining industry have suspected for a while: the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is branching out from "traditional mining" and seeking new venues and employers to take enforcement actions again, even where ...

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Loader Maintenance from the Ground Up

Jan 01, 2013

Loader Maintenance from the Ground Up

Keeping safety first and productivity high is the ultimate goal of any maintenance program. By Debbie McClung   Mines and quarries represent some of the most demanding conditions for wheel loaders. Ground-engaging tools, engines, cooling systems, and tires endure long hours in challenging ...

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Information Library

Jan 01, 2013

Information Library

Educational materials for aggregates professionals   by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor kclines@randallreilly.com     Operator training   A complete and scalable solution for development of mining equipment operators blends eLearning, instructor-led training, medium- and high-fidelity simulators, and customized content and curriculum. The new tools and technologies include the ...

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Compliance with proper equipment guarding

Dec 04, 2012

Compliance with proper equipment guarding

The Mine Safety and Health Administration develops a guide to help producers abide by industry rules and protect against guarding-related violations. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rolled out a new compliance assistance resource on Oct. 4 to address one ...

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Mine operator wins on unwarrantable failure PPE issue

Dec 04, 2012

Mine operator wins on unwarrantable failure PPE issue

One of the newer Administrative Law Judges - William Steele - has issued a decision in favor of a limestone quarry operator in a case involving a worker's failure to wear eye protection. In Michels Corporation (ALJ, November 2012), ALJ ...

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MSHA issues potential pattern of violations letters to 4 mines

Nov 29, 2012

Four mining operations have received letters putting them on notice about a potential pattern of violations (PPOV) of mandatory health or safety standards under Section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, the Mine Safety and ...

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MSHA: 30-year-old contract driller killed in machinery accident, 17th fatality in metal and non-metal sector

Nov 08, 2012

MSHA: 30-year-old contract driller killed in machinery accident, 17th fatality in metal and non-metal sector

A 30-year old contract driller with six years of experience was killed at Northeast Solite Corp.'s Mount Marion Pit and Mill, a common shale operation in New York, on Nov. 1 in a machinery accident, according to a Nov. 8 ...

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Reining in Reinstatement Claims

Oct 04, 2012

Sixth Circuit overrides Secretary of Labor on temporary reinstatement of terminated miners.   by Meredith A. Kapushion   Mine operators and miners familiar with the procedures for temporary reinstatement under the Mine Act may be aware of the shift in the Mine Safety and ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Commission addresses ALJ’s reduction of penalties

Oct 01, 2012

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Commission addresses ALJ’s reduction of penalties

When a mine operator does not get the relief sought during negotiations with attorneys representing the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) who are employed by a separate agency within the Department of Labor, the “Office of the Solicitor," or ...

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MSHA helps miners get temporary job reinstatements after discrimination complaints

Sep 04, 2012

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says it has stepped up its efforts to educate miners about their safety and health rights, promptly and thoroughly investigate discrimination complaints, and take legal action with the help of department attorneys, which ...

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