NIOSH award recognizes safety innovation through tech

By |  July 16, 2018
Luck Stone

Luck Stone is a past award winner for equipping a loader with remote control tech. Photo courtesy of Luck Stone.

The deadline to apply for the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health‘s (NIOSH)¬†Mine Safety & Health Technology Innovations Award is Aug. 1.

The award recognizes mines and companies that have made extraordinary efforts to apply technology or improve processes in innovative ways, above and beyond mandatory requirements, to improve mine worker safety and health.

Qualified mines and companies are invited to apply by emailing the associate director for mining at Applicants are asked to detail a problem they solved, the technology involved, and the health and safety benefits realized or expected.

Granite Mountain Quarries and Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co. were award winners last year in the stone, sand and gravel sector. The companies began a health and wellness program for employees and their spouses to address a growing concern that worker health might compromise the safety of the job site.

Luck Stone is also a past award winner, having modified a Caterpillar 988G pit loader so it could be operated either remotely or from the cab. The modification reduced the risk of injuries during certain hazardous operations.

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