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Crusher operators undoubtedly deal with as much noise as anyone within an aggregate operation. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Monitoring workplace noise to improve employee health

June 28, 2019By

Technology can play a key role in the long-term health of your employees, but some operations need to first understand and consider exactly what’s at stake.

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Market dynamics are driving new frac sand operations in places like Oklahoma and Louisiana. Photo courtesy of CDE.

Agility key to frac sand success

June 26, 2019By

Changes in the frac sand market landscape are opening opportunities to new and upcoming operations in different parts of North America.

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The workforce challenge that isn’t going away

June 24, 2019By

While producers and manufacturers struggle to find quality people and keep them on board, progressive companies are getting creative to build their future workforce.

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Determining your transportation options is very much an ongoing effort. Photo courtesy of Lehigh Hanson.

Evaluating rail locations and their effect on your bottom line

June 21, 2019By

When rail transportation costs get out of hand, it’s time to explore viable alternatives that can boost profit margins.

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Fuel quality issues, including dirt, can ultimately result in fuel system failure. Photo: iStock.com/ZFFoto

Dealing with dirty diesel fuel

June 19, 2019By

Find out how to combat fuel fraught with contaminants after its long journey from the refinery to your essential equipment.

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If ANFO is loaded into a wet hole, the ammonium nitrate will dissolve and leave you with salt water and fuel. Photo courtesy of Enaex.

Utilizing bulk emulsions in quarry blasting

June 13, 2019By

Enaex North America’s Brandon Pease explores the opportunities emulsions offer as a water-resistant blasting agent.

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Aggregate producers are raising concerns as MSHA merges coal inspectors with the metal/nonmetal mining sector. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Understanding MSHA’s informal conference process

June 13, 2019By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explain how the process can provide an efficient means for addressing issues with citations early on.

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Richard Ash presented key ratios 56 years ago that could be applied throughout surface blasting conditions to give comparisons between multiple types of operations. Photo: iStock.com/Xesai

Evaluating the effectiveness of powder factor

June 12, 2019By and

Powder factor design, which does not provide any indication of breakage, muck pile characteristics or environmental considerations, is a dated approach that ultimately costs producers.

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