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20-year-old killed at sand and gravel mill

Oct 21, 2014

20-year-old killed at sand and gravel mill

  Miguel Arenas Nino, a 20-year-old groundman, was killed at Mississippi Sand Seagraves, owned and operated by Mississippi Sand. The young man was operating a mobile articulating conveyor unloading sand from a rail car into a haul truck when he fell onto ...

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President of gypsum mine killed in ATV accident

Oct 08, 2014

President of gypsum mine killed in ATV accident

  An accident involving a all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at Gypsum Mountain Mine, owned by Silver State Minerals, claimed the life of William M. Hill, President, age 57. Hill was using the ATV to transport warning signs for installation around the perimeter of the mine when he encountered ...

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MSHA: Violation reforms have made mines safer

Oct 07, 2014

MSHA: Violation reforms have made mines safer

We're close to the second anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) violations reforms, and it's safe to say MSHA couldn't be happier. According to MSHA's Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main, the pattern of violations reforms ...

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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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MSHA awards $1 million in safety grants

Sep 30, 2014

MSHA awards $1 million in safety grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $1 million through its Brookwood-Sago grants program to seven organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The money will be used to develop and implement training 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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Two miners killed after rock strikes boom truck

Sep 23, 2014

Two miners killed after rock strikes boom truck

  Two miners have been killed at an underground mine and lime plant operation owned and operated by Mississippi Lime Company, located near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Christopher R. Rawson, Utility/Boom Operator, 29, and John E. Hahl, Utility/Boom Operator, 53, were both ...

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MSHA extends comment period on proposed penalty changes

Sep 15, 2014

MSHA extends comment period on proposed penalty changes

On Sept. 15, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that on Sept. 16 it would publish a notice in the Federal Register extending the comment period from Sept. 29 to Dec. 3, 2014, on its proposed rule for Criteria ...

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27-year-old killed at limestone mine

Sep 12, 2014

27-year-old killed at limestone mine

  The Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) released details about an accident that took the life of a 27-year-old contract mechanic. The accident happened at Martin Marietta Materials limestone mine in Ames, Iowa. Contract Service Technician Courtney J. Johnston was repairing a hydraulic ...

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Unimin’s Guion Plant: Changing With the Times

Sep 08, 2014

Unimin’s Guion Plant: Changing With the Times

      Unimin’s Guion Plant is located in the heart of the small town of Guion, Ark. in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The plant, which operates an underground mine, a surface quarry, and a sand processing plant, has quite a ...

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Quarry worker dies from broken neck after fall

Sep 03, 2014

Quarry worker dies from broken neck after fall

An accident at Gardenscape Quarry has taken the life of Glenn F. Dibble, 54, of Rensselaer Falls, New York. Investigators say Dibble - who was working at the quarry - entered a storage building to obtain wooden planks from the rafters. He then climbed onto ...

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Quarry blast leaves huge holes in nearby home

Sep 01, 2014

Quarry blast leaves huge holes in nearby home

Residents of Tierrasanta, San Diego, were scared for their lives when it felt like bombs were being dropped on the neighborhood. Come to find out, they were feeling the effects of a quarry blast gone wrong. The explosion sent flying rocks and ...

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