Editors’ Blog

If 21st century technology can improve both jobsite safety and production, there’s no reason not to embrace change. Photo: iStock.com/SeventyFour

Interpreting mine safety regulations no simple business

October 16, 2019By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explore some of the regulatory inconsistencies mine operators have experienced with the Mine Safety & Health Administration.

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On being the editor of Pit & Quarry

October 14, 2019By

Kevin Yanik shares a vital lesson he learned from his time on the magazine, one he was reminded of during a 2019 visit to Missouri’s Lile Quarry.

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Characterizing MSHA’s latest enforcement approach

October 7, 2019By

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) is nearing the completion of its second year under David Zatezalo, so how does enforcement under the new chief compare to the approaches of the last administration?

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Comparing and contrasting MSHA with OSHA

October 7, 2019By

Aggregate producers may not like everything about the Mine Safety & Health Administration’s (MSHA) approach, but a glimpse at a couple of day-to-day practices at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides a look at a potential alternative universe.

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MSHA’s 2017 workplace exams rule back in place

October 2, 2019By

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) put this old rule into effect after a court vacated a 2018 update of the rule on examinations of working places.

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Panelists at TACA's Environmental & Sustainability Seminar included, from left to right, moderator Jill Boullion, executive director of the Bayou Land Conservancy; Jim Bradbury, attorney-at-law; Tim Mallicoat, president and CEO of Rasmussen Group; and Lori Olson, executive director of the Texas Land Trust Council. Photo courtesy of TACA

TACA talks conservation at environmental seminar

September 26, 2019By

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) panel explored how mining companies consider their post-mining land uses and, in concert with land trusts, seek to capture the land’s remaining value.

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Epiroc donated a FlexiROC T20 drill rig and consumables for the Experimental Mine at the Missouri School of Science & Technology. Photo courtesy of Epiroc.

Epiroc donates drill rig to Missouri S&T

September 26, 2019By

The FlexiROC T20 R replaces outdated equipment while joining a fleet of other equipment at the school’s Experimental Mine.

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More aggregate demand, pricing gains on horizon

September 24, 2019By

S-C Market Analytics’ David Chereb provides his latest aggregate forecast and a look at the economy’s effect on pricing.

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