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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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MSHA announces results of July impact inspections

Sep 01, 2014

MSHA announces results of July impact inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the results of its July impact inspections. During the month, federal inspectors issued 190 citations and eight orders during special impact inspections conducted at 15 coal mines and ...

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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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Rock Law

Sep 01, 2014

Rock Law

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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Nebraska college receives grant from MSHA

Aug 28, 2014

Nebraska college receives grant from MSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded a $66,623 grant to the Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The money will be used for training of Nebraska miners. In addition to training new miners, the ...

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a virtual tour of Unimin’s underground operation in Guion, Ark.

Aug 27, 2014

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a virtual tour of Unimin’s underground operation in Guion, Ark.

  Unimin's Guion Plant, located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, has an underground mine, a surface quarry, and a sand processing plant. The nearly 100-year-old operation was incorporated in 1917 by the Duncan family and run by several generations ...

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Sneak peek: Inside Unimin’s safety strategies

Aug 25, 2014

Sneak peek: Inside Unimin’s safety strategies

Be sure to check out our plant profile of Unimin's underground operation in Guion, Ark., in the September issue of Aggregates Manager. The company has not only created an interesting and unique underground operation, but it has done so while establishing an ...

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State grants are down, but not out

Aug 22, 2014

State grants are down, but not out

Despite discussions about ending the state grants program, MSHA announced that it has allocated $8,348,423 in health and safety training grants for 47 states and the Navajo nation in fiscal year 2014. The funds  will be used to provide federally mandated training to ...

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