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MSHA Serious Accident Alert: Miner buried to chest in hopper; MSHA offers Best Practices

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert after a miner was buried up to his chest in a hopper. On Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, a miner entered a feed hopper to remove bolts on the skirt board. When he heard a bull dozer that typically pushes material into the…

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OSHA Delays Construction Silica Rule Until September 23, 2017

By: Michael Peelish, Esq. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica in Construction, published on March 25, 2016, established a new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and contained several other significant requirements pertaining to both construction and to general industry/maritime. The construction rule’s provisions were codified at 29…

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ZERO MSHA CITATIONS FOR STONECO’S NEWPORT QUARRY

Recently reported by Aggregates Manager an on line digital magazine, MAA member Stoneco of Michigan’s Newport Quarry received zero citations during a recent three-day inspection by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) that looked at every part of the operation, including the plant, workshops, mobile equipment, scales, and outside lighting, The Monroe News reports.…

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Guarding Conveyor Belts at Metal & Nonmetal Mines

Below you can view a MSHA PowerPoint presentation that provides compliance information to help the metal and nonmetal mining industry meet current requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) guarding standards addressing conveyor belts. This document is intended to enhance awareness of guarding compliance for miners’ representatives, miners, independent contractors, and MSHA’s Metal and Nonmetal…

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New MAA Safety Reporting Forms “See Stop Do” and “Near Miss”

In an effort to help ensure that MAA members continue to operate in a safe and efficient manner, the MAA Safety Committee has generated the following forms that can not only be used to help identify areas of your operation that required modifications due to an unsafe condition “See Stop Do” but to also report…

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2015/2016 MSHA Citation Summary

In an effort to keep the membership apprised to recent MSHA citations, MAA has begun collecting a summary of citations issued by the MSHA- Michigan Division and is making them available for your information. Click here to view the most current list of MSHA-Michigan Division citations. After reviewing, it is recommended that you discuss the…

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New Miner Training (Part 46/48B) – July 12-14, 2016

On July 12-14, 2016, RG Environmental Services will be holding a Part 46/48B new miner class at their Livonia facility. This training will meet the requirements for Part 48B (surface) new miner training and will offer both Part 46 and Part 48 certificates.   If you are in need of Part 46 training, make sure to…

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MSHA Inspection Information

In late January, several state aggregate association executives met with Steve Richetta, MSHA’s District Manager from Duluth, MN. As you can image, we had numerous questions on MSHA’s inspection policies and how those policies would be applied. Attached below is the list of questions that were asked during our meeting and Steve’s responses. In addition,…