Tag: Mine Safety & Health Administration

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MSHA admin to oversee coal, metal/nonmetal

December 26, 2018By

Timothy Watkins, the agency’s new administrator over the two sectors, is a former deputy administrator for coal.

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MSHA Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo addressed seat belt safety earlier this year at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Annual Convention, stating that it is very difficult to enforce. Says Zatezalo: “I would tell you from my own experience that my father would never wear a seat belt. Toward the end of his life I bought him a car and he started wearing a seat belt. He said the dings and alarms made it easier to put the seat belt on.” Photo courtesy of the NSSGA

Workplace exams, streamlining and scofflaws

December 19, 2018By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez offer a report on the Mine Safety & Health Administration activity in 2018.

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Through technology, a number of dealers are capable of estimating when a component on key equipment is likely reaching the end of its life. This capability expedites the parts replacement process and minimizes the impact on production. Photo courtesy of Komatsu

Prioritizing safety, uptime in new ways

December 18, 2018By

Lee Heffley, vice president and regional sales manager at Brandeis Machinery, examines dealer priorities for 2019.

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Through P&Q's annual State of the Industry Report survey, the collective picture that came together about 2018 is a highly positive one. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Aggregate producers still going strong

December 4, 2018By

Signs point to a positive 2019 for crushed stone, sand and gravel producers despite a few surfacing headwinds.

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MSHA's Ed Elliott addresses the 2018 OAIMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio.

MSHA’s 2019 priorities

November 19, 2018By

Ed Elliott, a senior advisor to the assistant secretary at the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), outlined areas of focus at an industry meeting.

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The Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association celebrated its centennial in 2018. Photo: Kevin Yanik

Safety, zoning challenges addressed at OAIMA meeting

November 16, 2018By

The Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) hosted its Annual Meeting & Trade Show, drawing hundreds of attendees to Columbus, Ohio, for a centennial celebration, education and more.

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Photo courtesy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health

Why MSHA suspicion isn’t enough in court

November 5, 2018By and

Ogletree Deakins’ Bill Doran and Margo Lopez explore why the Mine Act does not permit a citation based on mere speculation that a violation – that has not yet occurred – could happen in the future.

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A conveyor can create a host of regulatory issues depending on its location on a mine site. Photo courtesy Mine Safety Assistance LLC

Conveyor safety: Going beyond guarding

October 31, 2018By

Guarding the conveyor’s head, tail and V-belt drives is just the start of compliance.

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