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Assessing noise and dust exposure

Sep 02, 2015

Assessing noise and dust exposure

Since the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Unimin Corp. developed the Helmet-CAM assessment technology, which integrates video and dust data into an exposure assessment tool, it has proven to be so effective for assessing respirable dust ...

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Rogers Group’s Pottsville Quarry reaches for the stars

Sep 02, 2015

Rogers Group’s Pottsville Quarry  reaches for the stars

Pottsville Quarry is Rogers Group, Inc.’s largest producing plant in southern middle Tennessee, but it hasn’t always been so. The quarry was just a glimmer in the eye of company executives when the greenfield site was purchased in the mid-1980s. “We ...

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MSHA issues 87 citations at six metal/nonmetal mines during July impact inspections

Aug 27, 2015

MSHA issues 87 citations at six metal/nonmetal mines during July impact inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration doled out 87 citations and four orders at six metal and nonmetal mines during its July monthly inspections. According to MSHA, one serious infraction came at Ulrich Gravel in Valley County, Nebraska, where inspectors found ...

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Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

Aug 12, 2015

Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

For those operators responsible for tracking their site’s regulatory requirements and recordkeeping, be forewarned: you may be about to get a significant increase in workload. During a July 22 stakeholder call, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a ...

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ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

Aug 09, 2015

ALJ dismisses flagrant designation

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently deleted a flagrant designation brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) against Oak Grove Resources, LLC. MSHA issued the violation for an alleged § 75.400 violation for impermissible coal accumulations along a ...

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MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

Jul 27, 2015

MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

During its July 23 quarterly training call, representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reviewed fatalities and serious accidents in both the coal and metal/non-metal sectors. In the metal/non-metal sector, three accidents took place in sand and gravel ...

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MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

Jul 26, 2015

MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a new Part 50 Training Program during a quarterly training call on July 23. Developed by the agency’s Education, Policy and Development staff, it is a new tool to aid operators and ...

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Location is key for Dolese Bros. Co.’s Davis Quarry

Jul 05, 2015

Location is key for Dolese Bros. Co.’s Davis Quarry

              In the late 1800s, four brothers started a public works construction company in the Chicago area, Dolese Bros. Co. When the oldest brother left the company, the remaining three brothers changed the company’s focus to supplying railroad ballast and followed ...

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MSHA issued 176 citations during May impact inspections

Jun 30, 2015

MSHA issued 176 citations during May impact inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it issued 176 citations during its May monthly impact inspections, with metal/non-metal mines receiving 73 citations. MSHA visited 10 coal mines and seven metal/nonmetal mines in Alabama, California, Kentucky, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, ...

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MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

May 06, 2015

MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a metal/non-metal near-miss accident alert in response to a highwall collapse that trapped a miner in the cab of an excavator. A large chalk ball/bolder struck the operator’s cab, trapping the miner ...

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MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

May 01, 2015

MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

During a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 25, 2015, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) unveiled a new online web tool to provide information on a mine site’s compliance with the ‘Rules to Live By’ standards.  ‘Rules to Live By’ ...

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Product of the Week: BenchRemote blast hole drilling

May 01, 2015

Product of the Week: BenchRemote blast hole drilling

Atlas Copco’s BenchRemote remote operator station allows drillers to operate more than 100 yards from the drill, which can be more than 30 yards below them, as long as they maintain line-of-sight radio communications. The increased distance from highwalls and ...

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