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90 • ROCK products • August 2017 Aggregates Industry Almanac MSHA Report T he U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is extending the effective date of the agency's final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines until Oct. 2, 2017. This extension will allow additional time for MSHA to provide training and compliance assistance for its stakehold- ers. MSHA is developing a variety of compliance assistance materials to assist the industry, which the agency will make available to stakeholders and post on its website. MSHA claims the extension will enable the agency to hold informational meetings and focus on compliance assistance visits at various locations around the country. Additional time will also allow MSHA to train its inspectors to assure consis- tent enforcement. The truth is, MSHA's regulatory authority will be very much curtailed for the foreseeable future. MSHA has reported five fatalities thus far in the Metal/Non- metal sector in 2017. Fatality #1 Fall of Roof or Back - Iowa - Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC Linwood Mining and Minerals Corp. - Linwood Mine MSHA reported that on Jan. 25, 2017, a miner was found in an underground limestone mine after failing to exit the mine at the end of the shift. The miner was located under material that had fallen from the rib in an area of the mine that had been barricaded to prevent entry due to bad roof and rib conditions. This fall of face/rib/highwall fatality was the first metal and nonmetal mining death reported in 2017. As of that date in 2016, there were no fatalities reported in metal and non- metal mining. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid a fatality such as this one: •  Install barriers to impede unauthorized entry into areas where unattended hazardous ground conditions exist. •  Establish procedures to account for miners in all areas of the mine – surface, underground, shops and facilities – across and at the end of shifts. • Do not cross barriers that are intended to prevent access to dangered-off areas of underground mines. •  Train miners to recognize potentially hazardous ground conditions and to understand safe job procedures for elim- ination of the hazards. • Never enter hazardous areas that have been dangered-off or otherwise identified to prohibit entry. • Develop and train miners on a method that clearly alerts miners not to enter hazardous areas. • If possible, do not work alone. If working alone, communi- cate intended movements to a responsible person. According to 30 CFR § 57: Areas where health or safety hazards exist that are not imme- diately obvious to employees shall be barricaded, or warning signs shall be posted at all approaches. Warning signs shall be readily visible, legible and display the nature of the hazard and any protective action required. Fatality #2 Falling Material - Texas - Construction Sand and Gravel Trinity Industries Inc. - Cottonwood #1204 MSHA reported that on March 14, 2017, an independent owner/operator truck driver walked behind his raised end- dump trailer while dumping his load, and was engulfed by sand. This was the second fatality reported in calendar year 2017 in metal and nonmetal mining. As of that date in 2016, there were two fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This was the first Fall of Material fatality in 2017. There was one Fall of Material fatality in the same period in 2016. MSHA recommends the following best pracƟces to avoid a fatality such as this one: •  Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment before it is placed into service. •  Ensure workers who operate heavy equipment are ade- quately informed, instructed, trained and supervised. •  Do not position yourself near a truck that is actively dump- ing, or near a truck while it is raising its bed. •  Ensure that the tailgate is unlocked before elevating the cargo box to the dump position. • Do not attempt to dump the material if it sticks in the bed. Stuck material can imbalance the load and affect the sta- bility of the truck. Always deflate trailer air springs prior to raising the dump body. Fatality #3 Powered Haulage - New Mexico - Construction Sand and Gravel Black Rock Services - Bonito Pit MSHA reported that on Friday, March 24, 2017, the victim, working at a New Mexico sand and gravel operation, exited his personal flatbed truck, which was left running in sixth gear, to turn off the genset (diesel generator). Prior to ascend- ing the steps to the diesel generator, it appears the flatbed truck moved forward and pinned him against the genset trailer. The victim was found on Monday, March 27 and pro- nounced dead at the scene. As of that date in 2016, there were three fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This was the first machinery fatality in 2017. There were no machinery fatalities in the same period in 2016. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid a MSHA Report

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