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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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Guarding Conveyor Belts at Metal & Nonmetal Mines

September 8, 2016

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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Hard Hat Reminder

August 24, 2016

Sometimes you are so focused on the big picture that you forget about the things closest to you.  Therefore, please take a few moments and review some very important facts about hard hats along with an incident report that reminds you why hard hats are a critical in ensuring workplace safety. Click here to test your…

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Mine Safety Personal Protective Equipment Matrix

August 1, 2016

As you are aware, there is a variety of different personal protective equipment that is required when working in a mine.  The following matrix has been developed to help guide your way thru which PPE is recommended/required for an assortment of tasks. Click here to view the PPE Matrix

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MSHA Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts to Change Effective 8/1/16

July 21, 2016

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that will adjust the penalty amounts for Mine Act violations. The IFR was issued pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation…

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MSHA FATALGRAM

July 21, 2016

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On June 3, 2016, a 24-year old haul truck operator, with 9 months of experience, and a 56-year old hydraulic excavator operator, with 6 years of experience, were killed at a sand and gravel operation. The two miners were working in a pit next to an abandoned roadway embankment, which partially…

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METAL/NONMETAL Close Call Accident

July 20, 2016

Surface Construction Sand & Gravel – A miner was moving an excavator from the pit to an area where the mechanic could work on a loose bucket attachment pin.  As the excavator was traveling parallel to overhead 4160 volt powerlines the pin came loose.  The operator swung the boom to the right to avoid dropping…

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