Michigan Aggregates Association https://www.miagg.org Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:56:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.miagg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-MAA-logo-150px-32x32.jpg Michigan Aggregates Association https://www.miagg.org 32 32 2019 MAA Annual Conference Showcase Exhibitor Registration – Now Open https://www.miagg.org/2019-maa-annual-conference-showcase-exhibitor-registration-now-open/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:56:01 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7920

It is hard to believe that we are only a few months away from the 2019 MAA Annual Conference!!!

The much anticipated 2019 MAA Annual Conference will take place at the Fire Keepers Casino and Resort on February 6 and 7, 2019 with a slightly modified format from last year’s conference.  In 2019, each of the two days the conference will begin with a general session followed by a series of breakout sessions.  However, based on feedback from last year’s event, the Showcase Exhibition hall will open at noon each day.  This will allow for more time to interact with various customers/members.

The cost to be a showcase exhibitor is $595 and includes one full registration fee to the event.

Space is limited so if you would like to sign up to be an exhibitor please contact Juanita Patson at jpatson@miagg.org or (517) 381-1732.

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Permitting Requirements of Rental Equipment – Who is responsible? https://www.miagg.org/permitting-requirements-of-rental-equipment-who-is-responsible/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:16:42 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7917

Who is responsible for ensuring all applicable permits and rules are adhered to on rented equipment?  This question has recently been posed to MAA in regards to who is responsible for making sure that appropriate air quality permits are obtained on rented equipment.

According to R 336.1201a of the Administrative Rules for Air Pollution Control (Rule 201) the owner or operator is responsible for applying for a general permit to install.  However, in the case of rented equipment, the owner of the equipment (i.e. the rental company) does not have control over that piece of equipment once it leaves their yard.  As a result, industry practice has been that the operator (i.e. lessee) applies for the permit.  This will ensure that MDEQ is notified as to where and when that equipment will be put into operation.

However, if the lessee does not apply for and obtain the appropriate permits, then any enforcement action may revert back to the owner (rental company) of the equipment.  In an effort to help rental companies offer a level of protection for these situations, it is recommended to place a clause in rental agreements that the lessee “must be familiar with and fully comply with all local, state and federal laws, rules, executive orders, regulations, local ordinances, and state administrative Board Resolutions that are current at the date of the signed lease agreement.”  It is also recommended to include a statement that the lessee “indemnifies and holds the leasing company harmless against any claim arising from any violation” or similar language.

In addition to incorporating the above language into the rental agreement, it may be beneficial to develop a checklist detailing the requirement requirements.  Included in the checklist could be a statement that the lessee has been informed that they are required to apply for and obtain all applicable permits including the MDEQ Air Quality General Permit to Install for Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities.

Please contact the MAA office if you have any questions.

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Does this Sign Look Familiar? https://www.miagg.org/does-this-sign-look-familiar/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:30:40 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7913

MAA has recently been informed that an individual is visiting various mining sites throughout Michigan during the nighttime hours in search of building his rock collection for his business.  We were recently sent the following picture of this individual posing behind a sign that states “All visitors must report to scale house”.  If this sign looks familiar to anyone that may be at your facility please contact the MAA office.

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MSHA’s Fire Suppression System Initiative https://www.miagg.org/mshas-fire-suppression-system-initiative/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:00:42 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7910

On September 7, 2018, a miner operating a haul truck died from burn injuries.  During the investigation MSHA checked the manually-activated fire suppression system and discovered that the fire suppression system did not function when activated.  A properly functioning fire suppression system may have saved this miner’s life.

As a result, MSHA personnel will place an increased inspection focus on fire suppression systems.  Fully compliant systems must adhere to the requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 17 and 17A (Standards for Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems), the system manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as 30 CFR.

To assist MSHA’s inspectors with this initiative, they have developed the following:

Fire Suppression System Initiative Presentation 

Fire Suppression System Initiative Checklist

To view the full MSHA Fire Suppression Initiative click here.

 

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MSHA Fatality #7 Final Report – Struck by Bucket https://www.miagg.org/msha-fatality-7-final-report-struck-by-bucket/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:26:20 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7908

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 31, 2018, a 62-year old foreman with 40 years of experience, was fatally injured while dismantling a portable crusher. The front-end loader was placing a 20-foot long steel tube onto the screen feed conveyor. The front-end loader operator lowered the bucket and crushed the victim against the conveyor structure.

Access the MNM Final Report here

 

 

 

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2019 MAA Annual Conference – Call for Topics https://www.miagg.org/2019-maa-annual-conference-call-for-topics/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:49:29 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7906

MAA is currently developing the schedule of events for our 2019 MAA Annual Conference.  If you have an idea or a topic you would like to present on please contact Juanita Patson at jpatson@miagg.org.

As a reminder….  The 2019 MAA Annual Conference is scheduled for February 6-7, 2018 at the Fire Keepers Casino and Resort.

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MAA Safety Innovation – VSI Crusher Shoe Change Out https://www.miagg.org/maa-safety-innovation-vsi-crusher-shoe-change-out/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:38:08 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7902

The MAA Safety Committee has recently developed a safety innovation program that recognizes companies who go above and beyond normal safety practices by establishing or developing new ways to be safe.  Safety Innovations can be items/practices invented for a specialized use or items/practices that are adapted from other industries and implemented into our own.

To learn more about this program and how to submit an innovation that is currently being implemented at your company please click here.

In an effort to kick start this new program, the MAA Safety Committee has developed our first MAA Safety Innovation for VSI Crusher Shoe Change Out.  This safety innovation was developed to assist employees as they perform the regular maintenance of changing VSI shoes that weigh approximately 100 pounds each.  This innovation protects employees from back and shoulder strains and reduces the likelihood of pinched fingers.

Click here to view the MAA Safety Innovation – VSI Crusher Shoe Change Out

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Honeywell Hard Hat Recall https://www.miagg.org/honeywell-hard-hat-recall/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:12:33 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7898

Honeywell recently recalled their Honeywell type 1 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak

A79 hard hats. They were sold in a variety of different colors. The Fibre-

Metal E2 hard hats have a manufacture date of April 2016, May 2016,

December 2017 or January 2018. The North Peak A79 hard hats were

manufactured from April 2016 through January 2018.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hard hats and

contact Honeywell to receive a product credit or voucher equal to the

purchase price of the recalled hard hat.

 

Click here to view the details of the full recall.

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MAA Advocates for Increase in Infrastructure Investment in D.C. https://www.miagg.org/maa-advocates-for-increase-in-infrastructure-investment-in-d-c/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:06:55 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7894

This past week hundreds of people from aggregates operations all over the country, inducing various members from the Michigan Aggregates Association, gathered in Washington, D.C., for advocacy, networking and professional development at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler welcomed the aggregates industry to Washington, D.C., and provided updates on regulatory reform and other EPA priorities, including improving the permitting process, cost-benefit analysis and transparency in regulatory science.

“Sound science must be the foundation of everything we do at the EPA,” Wheeler said. “Americans deserve to know the science guiding EPA decisions that may impact their lives, especially when it’s funded with taxpayer dollars.”

Steven Bradbury, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), said the agency’s top three priorities are safety, helping to construct the country’s infrastructure and paving the way for new technologies in transportation.

“The economic potential and the freedom potential that the United States has is enabled through strong infrastructure and our transportation systems. This includes the roads, runways and railroad beds that you help build through the materials you supply,” Bradbury told the more than 300 people in the audience.

After the kick off ceremony, MAA along with a number of members met with various Michigan Congressional delegates and expressed:

  • that the federal government must place a focus on fixing the Highway Trust Fund;
  • that improving our roads, bridges, ports and airports improves the nation’s economy and puts people to work in good-paying jobs;
  • that streamlining and reforming regulations are needed to reduce construction delays; and
  • urged them to provide support of the various educational safety programs.

MAA thanks the following Congressional members that took time out of their busy schedule to listen to our many concerns and requests: Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, Representative Walberg, Representative Bergman, Representative Mitchell, Representative Huizenga and Representative Bishop

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MSHA to Enforce Workplace Exam Rule – October 1, 2018 https://www.miagg.org/msha-to-enforce-workplace-exam-rule-october-1-2018/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:09:48 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7892

On October 1, 2018, MSHA will begin actively enforcing the new requirements under the Workplace Examinations Rule that technically went into effect on June 2, 2018.

Some key differences between the old rule and the new rule can be found on a chart posted on MSHAs website. They include,

  • Conducting exams at least once each shift, before work beings or as miners begin work in a working place;
  • Recording on the workplace examination form a description of each adverse condition found that is not corrected promptly;
  • Promptly notifying miners in affected areas of such conditions; and
  • Recording the date such conditions were corrected.

The rule broadens the time in which a competent person could conduct workplace exams from just before the shift to “as work begins.” It also reduces the percentage of hazards found during exams that warrant documentation to just those hazards that cannot be “promptly” abated. MSHA defined “promptly” as “before miners are potentially exposed to adverse conditions.”

Additional information, including FAQs and sample templates for examinations, can be found on MSHAs website.

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