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MSHA Fatalgram: Fall of Material

August 18, 2017

On July 20, 2017, a miner was driving wedges into a block of granite in an attempt to break it loose.  A piece of granite weighing 9 tons fell and crushed the victim against the quarry floor. Click here to view the full MSHA Fatalgram. This is the 6th fatality reported in calendar year 2017…

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METAL/NONMETAL – Serious Accident

August 10, 2017

Surface – Industry Sand – Two miners were attempting to access a plugged grizzly screen by excavating a slot cut trench when the trench walls collapsed, engulfing the miners. During an initial rescue attempt, the walls collapsed further, trapping two additional miners. The material was waist high on three of the miners and was over…

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MSHA Serious Accident Alert: Surface – Cement

May 26, 2017

A miner had just finished welding on the plant’s crusher and decided to jump from the next to the last step of a fixed ladder to reach the ground. When the victim hit the ground, he fell backwards and was impaled by a pry bar that was left standing upright on the ground. The victim…

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Worker Safety Law Alert: What You Need to Know to Avoid Enforcement Actions

March 31, 2017

Employers should remain on alert regarding the increasing trend towards more aggressive enforcement of worker safety standards demonstrated over the past year by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”). Click here to read the entire article.

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Metal / Nonmetal Close Call Accident Alert

March 31, 2017

Surface – Sand – A dozer operator was backing up a hill when his ripper tooth went into the hood of a quarry foreman’s truck. The foreman was standing next to the truck prior to the accident and was not injured in the accident.   Click here to read the entire article.  

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2nd MIOSHA Fatality of 2017 – Tire Exploded

February 9, 2017

  MISOHA recently released details of their 2nd reported fatality of 2017.  While most of our operations are covered by MSHA, this MIOSHA fatality is close to home as it deals with tire maintenance. Details of the incident are as follows: A 61-year-old truck driver was watching two mechanics work on the inside rear tire…

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MSHA Issues Final Rule on Workplace Exams

January 19, 2017

MSHA issued a final workplace exams rule today, after months of comments and opposition from NSSGA and member companies. NSSGA is planning to seek the help of the incoming Trump administration to rescind or block the implementation of the rule because it does little to improve workplace safety. While the agency failed to estimate the…

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2016 MSHA Fatalgram Summary

January 19, 2017

As of December 30, 2016, MSHA has reported that there has been 16 MNM fatalities as a result of a number of incidences including unloading of material, equipment operations, blasting, electrical shock, fall, and embankment failure, falling highway material, and equipment overturning, etc. Unfortunately, the last fatal identified on the list occurred with the state…

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MSHA Seasonal Safety Alert

October 6, 2016

From 1998 through 2015, sixty-one miners died at metal and nonmetal operations during the month of October. That’s an average of more than three fatal accidents each October since 1998. Ten miners died in October 1999; eight miners died in October 2002; no one died in October 2015. In all other years in the time period,…

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Hazard Alert – Water Related Fatalities

September 9, 2016

24 water related fatalities in metal nonmetal since 2005!  Working Near Water Hazards  HAZARD – Working around, over, or near water POTENTIAL OUTCOME – Entrapment, drowning RISKS – Traveling or operating equipment near water, equipment weight and vibration, undercut banks, sloughing ground, varied water depth, swift currents, inadequate berms, narrow roadways, electrocution. Click here to…

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