Michigan Aggregates Association

Safety Bulletins

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…

Schneider Electric Recalls Square D Safety Switches Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Schneider Electric recently recalled their Square D safety switches due to electrical shock Hazard.  This recall involves Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The switches are a dark gray metal box with a black handle on the side that can be moved to an “ON”…

MSHA Serious Accident Alert – Tire contractor injured while repairing flat tire on loader

A tire contractor was seriously injured when the front-end loader he was repairing fell on him.  The front -end loader had been lifted and placed on cribbing to repair a flat tire.  The contractor was underneath the loader adjusting one of the lifting jacks when the cribbing shifted causing the loader to fall.  The tire…

MSHA Safety Alert: Splicing Conveyor Belts

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Safety Alert: Splicing Conveyor Belts after four miners were fatally injured when performing work around conveyor belts in underground coal mines since Jan. 26, 2017. Two fatalities involved miners crossing the belt, and the third fatal occurred when a miner contacted a moving drive roller for…

MSHA’s Workplace Examination Final Rule: June 2, 2018 Effective Date

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published the final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines on April 9, 2018. The final rule includes updates to the rule that was published on January 23, 2017 based on stakeholder comments and testimony received during four public hearings held in the fall…

The 2018 MAA Awards Night is Approaching…

Make sure to sign up for the 2018 MAA Awards Night and help us honor those companies that have received “Zero MSHA Recordable Injuries in 2017” as well as those that have exemplified a commitment to environmental compliance in their daily operations. MSHA Michigan Field Office Supervisor, George Colby, will help kick off the awards…

MSHA Close Call Accident Alert – Surface Sand and Gravel

Surface – Sand and Gravel – On 3/13/2018, a front end loader operator was constructing an embankment to detour material away from the water supply. While backing up, the front end loader backed over top of the roadway berm, slid down the embankment, and rolled onto its roof. The front end loader operator unfastened his…

MSHA Serious Accident Alert – Miner Struck by Ladder

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert after a ladder fell and hit a miner at a crushed stone operation. On March 7, 2018, a welder was installing a caged ladder on a screening deck when the ladder suddenly fell, striking his hard hat. While sitting down on the walkway…

MSHA Serious Accident Alert – Surface Screen Plant

      On February 8, 2018, a plant operator was shoveling material from around a crusher when a rock fell from the Surge Bin deck above, striking the victim on the head. The rock split the victim’s hardhat and the miner suffered a serious head injury. Surface-ScreenPlant-Feb 28