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Foreman killed at sand and gravel mine in Montana

Nov 27, 2014

Foreman killed at sand and gravel mine in Montana

Robert L. Irwin, Foreman, age 53, has been killed at Belzer Pit, a surface sand and gravel operation owned and operated by Fossum Ready Mix in Montana. Irwin was reportedly working under the raised bed of a dump truck when ...

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Worker with 30 years of experience killed at cement plant

Nov 11, 2014

Worker with 30 years of experience killed at cement plant

  Ismael Santana, age 51, was killed at Brooksville South Cement Plant, a surface cement facility owned and operated by Cemex Construction Materials of Florida. Santana, who had 30 years of experience, died from being struck and pinned between his haul truck and ...

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Supervisor killed from explosion at sand and gravel plant

Nov 05, 2014

Supervisor killed from explosion at sand and gravel plant

  A production supervisor with 19 years of mining experience has been killed following a an explosion at Brewer Sand, a sand and gravel operation, owned and operated by Hanson Aggregates Southeast. Christopher Melton, age 41, was working with contract mechanics to replace an ...

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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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MSHA reports five miners killed during Q3 2014

Oct 31, 2014

MSHA reports five miners killed during Q3 2014

During the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that five metal and nonmetal miners were killed in accidents at work. During the same period in 2013, four miners were killed at metal and ...

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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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