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MSHA Close Call Accident Alert – Dozer

On May 21, 2018, a dozer operator was working on a waste pile when the soil beneath the dozer sloughed into the adjacent pond, causing the dozer to become submerged in the pond.  The dozer came to rest approximately 12 feet beneath the water’s surface.  Fellow miners were able to dig a trench and drain…

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Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

As a reminder, on April 9, 2018, MSHA published a final rule (effective June 2, 2018) that amends a rule issued in January 2017. This rule provides mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduces regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. The revised rule requires that: A competent…

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DRAFT MDOT Geotechnical Manual – For Review

MDOT is in the process of updating their Field Manual of Soil Engineering (1970 5th ed.) as referenced in their contact documents.  The revised document will be titled, “MDOT Geotechnical Manual”. MAA was recently provided a copy of this draft document for our review.  The turnaround timeline is very short so please provide any comments…

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MAA Legislative Update at Toledo Beach Marina

On June 14, 2018, with over 50 fishermen in attendance, MAA held a Legislative Update on the docks of the Toledo Beach Marina. Topics included updates on the current political climate as well as long term political strategies.  A few of the items discussed were: Details of the 2018-2019 State of Michigan Budget The future…

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Stoneco helps scouts earn their Mining in Society and Geology Merit Badge

Stoneco of Michigan, a subsidiary of CRH, hosted a Mining in Society and Geology Merit Badge event during the annual Scout-O-Rama weekend on May 12, 2018. More than 50 troops (160 scouts) attended the free event and went through the program to receive their blue cards at the end of the event. Scouts went through…

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MSHA Posts Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Work Place Exam Rule

As you are aware the “Final Rule – Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Requirements” has taken effect on June 2, 2018. In an effort to provide guidance and understanding of the new rule MSHA has published a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new requirements. Click here to view the…

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MDEQ Unreported Large Quantity Withdrawal (LQW) Initiative

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has an Unreported LQW Initiative between now and September 28, 2018.  This is an effort to identify LQWs that have not been registered with the State of Michigan and have not had their annual water use reported.  Both actions are required by Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, of…

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Michigan Prevailing Wage Repealed

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 the Michigan Legislature voted to support a citizens’ initiative to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law.  The House’s 56-53 vote came a little more than an hour after the Senate’s 23-14 vote in support of the repeal.  The repeal will become effective upon the filing of the initiative petition with the…

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Paul Cook – Michigan’s contact for MSHA EFSMS

Michigan’s contact for MSHA EFSMS is Paul Cook. Paul is ready and willing to assist Michigan’s aggregate producers. For those that are not familiar with the MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS), this division of MSHA provides assistance in the development or improvement of the health and safety programs of mine operators and…

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