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NOV 2017

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Page 50 of 59 ROCK products • November 2017 • 49 FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a serious accident alert for an accident that occurred on Oct. 11. A miner received an electrical shock while working in a 480-volt electrical control panel for a portable crusher with- out locking and tagging out the circuit. The injured miner was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. MSHA issued the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: •  Develop, communicate and follow a written plan before performing electrical work to ensure that safety is maxi- mized for all miners involved in the task. • Prior to conducting any electrical work, identify hazards, establish safe limits of approach, and determine appropri- ate PPE ratings. •  Wear properly rated and well maintained PPE. Before working on equipment, always de-energize, lock and tag out the circuit with your lock and tag. •  Test to ensure electrical circuits are de-energized using properly rated test equipment prior to performing work. • Use properly rated electrical meters and non-contact volt- age testers to ensure electrical circuits are deenergized prior to performing electrical work. MSHA also issued a serious accident alert based on an acci- dent that occurred when a miner was attempting to change the oil filter on the diesel motor for a cone crusher on July 25. The miner was using a filter wrench to remove the filter while standing on the battery box adjacent to the motor. The filter wrench broke and slipped causing the employee to fall about 5 ft. to the ground causing injury. MSHA issued the following best practices: • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before begin- ning the task to ensure that workers are not exposed to hazards when performing maintenance or repairs. • Communicate and correct hazards in a timely manner. • Ensure that workers are trained in and follow established safe work procedures recommended by the equipment manufacturer. •  Provide safe access to all work areas including elevated platforms. •  Use appropriate fall protection or fall prevention where there is a danger of falling. •  Inspect all tools prior to starting the job for defects that may affect safety. MSHA Reports Ninth Fatality of the Year The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported the ninth fatality of 2017 in the metal/nonmetal sector. The Fall of Material incident happened at Argos USA's Roberta cement plant in Alabama. As of this date in 2016, there were 13 fatalities reported in metal/nonmetal mining. This is the third Fall of Material fatality in 2017. There was one Fall of Material fatality in the same period in 2016. On Sept. 20, a contractor was fatally injured while rappelling within a conditioning tower. The victim was examining the inside of a 300-ft. vertical conditioning tower when an object fell from above and struck him in the head. The victim was conscious and transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries the next day. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident. •  Remove all loose materials and other hazards before working. • Have fall protection and available and ready for use. •  Check bin atmosphere for oxygen content, combustible gases and toxic contaminants. • Provide adequate lighting. • Be sure the person entering the bin is trained in safe entry and confined space procedures. • Have standby personnel available to observe and to assist in an emergency. Small Mines Office Discussed at Zatezalo Confirmation Hearing Support for a re-launched effort to deliver compliance assis- tance to small mines was expressed by David Zatezalo, the Trump Administration's nominee to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The comments came in a confirmation hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). In the hearing, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) noted the effectiveness of the small mines office in reducing fatali- ties and asked Zatezalo if he would "make it a priority that technical and educational assistance be available to small operators." In response, Zatezalo said "I certainly will." Zatezalo also noted that small mines are usually more vulnerable to safety hazards, and that "compliance assistance and reductions of accidents are what MSHA is all about." The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) advocated for re-establishment of MSHA's Small Mines Office during its Sept. 27 visit to Capitol Hill. More than 300 industry leaders participated in NSSGA's Legislative and Policy Forum. Additionally, Zatezalo said in his opening remarks that, if confirmed as MSHA administrator, he would seek more consistent enforcement, utilization of technologies to boost safety, and "safer mining and health behaviors." This mention is noteworthy, since the National Safety Council has asserted that nearly 90 percent of all workplace accidents are a func- tion of worker behavior. MSHA Issues Serious Accident Alerts

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