Michigan Aggregates Association

Safety Information

Bob Wagner Retiring from MDEQ

January 19, 2017

After 31 years of serving the people of the state of Michigan, Bob Wagner, MDEQ Environment Deputy Director, has elected to retire effective February 10, 2017. Bob began his career with the state in 1985 working for Groundwater Division in the Roscommon Regional Office for the Department of Natural Resources. He was one of the…

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US DOL Aggregates Safety Series: Small Mines

January 6, 2017

US DOL recently released a video series focuses specifically on training requirements at small aggregate mining operations that produce crushed stone, sand, and gravel. These training requirements are covered under 30 CFR Part 46. The material in this program is not intended to replace the information in your mine’s Part 46 training plan; rather, it…

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MSHA Winter Workshops hosted by Holmes Safety Assoc.

January 3, 2017

The 23th Annual MSHA Winter Workshops hosted by the Holmes Safety Association are scheduled to take place in Marquette on January 25, 2017 and Gaylord on January 26, 2017. MSHA representatives and others will be available to update you on changes related to MSHA compliance initiatives and to answer any questions you may have. The…

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Notification Alternatives to Comply with 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.1000

October 21, 2016

This is a reminder to contact MSHA at least two weeks prior to closing a mine for the season. Click here for a copy of a 2012 MSHA Program Bulletin that discusses notification requirements for opening and closing mines as well as what information should be sent to MSHA when opening or closing a mine. Metal…

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October 14, 2016

  Neal Merrifield, MSHA Metal/Nonmetal administrator, will retire at the end of October 2016. Joe Main, MSHA assistant secretary made this announcement during a recent MSHA stakeholder meeting and stated that Merrifield will be succeeded on an interim basis by Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s coal administrator.   There was no work on timing for a permanent replacement.

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Keep Safety as Number One Priority!!!

September 16, 2016

As of September 16, 2016, MSHA has reported that there has been 12 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. Click here to review the latest 2016 MSHA Fatal Summary. Also, make sure…

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General Highwall Safety Guidelines

September 16, 2016

For Working Faces Planning: Note and map the location of structural discontinuities (i.e., joints, faults, and bedding planes) and underground mine workings relative to the existing highwall and in the direction of mining. Anticipate unstable highwall conditions in the vicinity of intersecting structural discontinuities and underground mine workings. Design highwalls for stability in local geological…

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Holmes Safety Association MSHA Workshop

September 2, 2016

  Plan to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes District Council, Holmes Safety Association that is scheduled for Thursday October 6, 2016 at The Ridge, 4815 Old 27 South, MI 49735 This 1-day meeting agenda is planned to provide you with valuable information to enhance safety and health on your mine site…

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Upcoming Holmes Safety Association MSHA Workshop

August 2, 2016

Please mark your calendar for October 6, 2016 and plan on attending the upcoming MSHA workshop of the Michigan Chapter of the Holmes Safety Association that will be held in Gaylord, Michigan. An agenda is currently being prepared so keep an eye out for more details. Note that the National Meeting of the Holmes Association…

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