Michigan Aggregates Association

Safety Information

MSHA’s Fire Suppression System Initiative

October 10, 2018

On September 7, 2018, a miner operating a haul truck died from burn injuries.  During the investigation MSHA checked the manually-activated fire suppression system and discovered that the fire suppression system did not function when activated.  A properly functioning fire suppression system may have saved this miner’s life. As a result, MSHA personnel will place…

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MAA Safety Innovation – VSI Crusher Shoe Change Out

October 1, 2018

The MAA Safety Committee has recently developed a safety innovation program that recognizes companies who go above and beyond normal safety practices by establishing or developing new ways to be safe.  Safety Innovations can be items/practices invented for a specialized use or items/practices that are adapted from other industries and implemented into our own. To…

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MSHA to Enforce Workplace Exam Rule – October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

On October 1, 2018, MSHA will begin actively enforcing the new requirements under the Workplace Examinations Rule that technically went into effect on June 2, 2018. Some key differences between the old rule and the new rule can be found on a chart posted on MSHAs website. They include, Conducting exams at least once each…

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Great Lakes District Council Annual Meeting

September 11, 2018

The fall 1-day MSHA workshop of the Michigan Chapter of the Holmes Safety Association will be held in Gaylord on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Please click here to learn more about the event.

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MSHA Safety Topic: Conveyor Belts – Safety at Surface Mines

August 30, 2018

Conveyor belts are an important method of material haulage at many surface and underground mines. Systems range from a single belt to a series of belts spanning miles. All conveyor belt systems, or belt conveyors, have inherent dangers while in motion. Fatal accidents related to working near, inspecting, adjusting or maintaining conveyor belts occur each…

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Safety Bulletin – Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches

August 17, 2018

Eaton has identified a potential non-conformance with certain Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches. The safety switch can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.   Click here to read the…

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U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Stakeholder Meetings on Reducing Mine Accidents Involving Mobile Equipment and Belt Conveyors

July 31, 2018

  News Release U.S. Department of Labor | July 31, 2018   U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Stakeholder Meetings on Reducing Mine Accidents Involving Mobile Equipment and Belt Conveyors   ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar…

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Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

June 21, 2018

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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MSHA Posts Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Work Place Exam Rule

June 12, 2018

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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