Tags: MSHA

Work safely around conveyors

Dec 24, 2013

Work safely around conveyors

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the most common belt conveyor accidents occur when a miner is: Caught between a conveyor belt and an idler or pulley; Caught in a drive chain or gear drive; or Trapped between major components ...

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MSHA Alert: Bank Safety

Dec 23, 2013

MSHA Alert: Bank Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a December 13, 2013, fatality at a sand mine. The incident involved a 53-year-old utility worker with 19 years of experience who was killed when a bank collapsed and engulfed him. He ...

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MSHA Alert: Dredging Safety

Dec 20, 2013

MSHA Alert: Dredging Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a December 10, 2013, fatality at a dredge operation. The incident involved a 27-year-old deck hand with 4 years and 8 months of experience who was killed when ...

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Top tips for highwall, berm and stockpile safety

Dec 18, 2013

Top tips for highwall, berm and stockpile safety

To keep your operation’s employees safe when working around and with stockpiles and highwalls, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) offers these five best practices: Be aware of overhanging material when loading from stockpiles and highwalls. Stay back from the edge ...

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MSHA Alert: Blasting Safety

Dec 17, 2013

MSHA Alert: Blasting Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a December 4, 2013, fatality at a crushed stone mine. The incident involved a 63-year-old lead man with 16 years of experience who was killed when he was ...

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Three simple steps to lockout-tagout

Dec 17, 2013

Three simple steps to lockout-tagout

Three simple steps could protect workers when it comes to dealing with electrical equipment, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Lock out the energy source. Tag out the disconnecting device. Try out and test to ensure that power is off. Failure ...

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MSHA Alert: Electrical Safety

Dec 06, 2013

MSHA Alert: Electrical Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a November 18, 2013, fatality at a crushed stone mine. The incident involved a 33-year-old contract electrician foreman with 14 years of experience who was injured when ...

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Maine stone crushing operation ordered to pay former employee $6,000 in back wages to resolve lawsuit

Dec 05, 2013

Maine stone crushing operation ordered to pay former employee $6,000 in back wages to resolve lawsuit

The Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced Tuesday that Ferraiolo Construction Inc. and owner-president John Ferraiolo, operators of the Portable Pioneer Plant in Thomaston, Maine, will provide $6,000 in compensation to a former employee and take other corrective action ...

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Drawing the Correct Line

Dec 01, 2013

Despite MSHA’s contrary position, mobile equipment parked on a ‘ready line’ does not necessarily establish that it is “ready” for inspection for purposes of the Mine Act.   By Benjamin M. McFarland     The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has long taken the ...

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Follow these best practices for safe crushing operations

Nov 29, 2013

Follow these best practices for safe crushing operations

Safe crushing operations are possible when everyone works together. It is important that operators look out for potential hazards, and protect themselves and others by wearing protective gear and following safe work practices. The Mining Safety and Health Administration reported that, ...

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Manager Dodges Liability for Defective Equipment

Nov 25, 2013

Manager Dodges Liability for Defective Equipment

A recent decision by Administrative Law Judge Manning demonstrates that even where the mine operator has paid the fine for an unwarrantable failure (Section 104(d)) citation or order, it is still possible for the agent of management who was the ...

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MSHA Alert: Haul Truck Safety

Nov 20, 2013

MSHA Alert: Haul Truck Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a November 7, 2013, fatality at a granite mine. The incident involved a 46-year-old equipment operator with 27 years of experience who was killed when the haul ...

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