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88 • ROCK products • August 2018 Aggregates Industry Almanac MSHA Report MSHA Report Agency Contacts, Fatality Reports and the Latest MSHA News. T he Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health division of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces the Mine Act at all metal and nonmetal mining operations in the United States. This includes con- ducting inspections and investigations at mine sites to ensure compliance with health and safety standards required by the Mine Act. When inspectors and investigators observe viola- tions of health or safety standards, they issue citations and orders to mine operators that require the operators to cor- rect the problems. Other important activities carried out as required by the Mine Act include: • Investigating mine accidents. • Examining complaints of discrimination reported by miners. •  Investigating complaints of hazardous conditions reported by miners and criminal violations. • Developing improved safety and health standards. •  Reviewing mine operators' mining plans and education and training programs for miners. Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health consists of a small headquarters office in Arlington, Va., as well as six dis- trict offices and 52 field offices and field duty stations located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Metal and nonmetal mines in the United States produce about 80 different minerals and commodities, and are separated into four broad categories: metal, nonmetal, stone, and sand and gravel. MSHA Fatalities Fatality #1 –On Jan. 25, an articulated haul truck travelled through a berm and into an ice-covered pond, submerging the truck's cab, at a CRH plc sand and gravel operation in Iowa. Rescuers utilized divers and tow trucks to pull the submerged truck from the pond and recover the victim. This is the first fatality reported in calendar year 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2017, there was one fatal reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the first Powered Haulage fatality in 2018. There were no Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2017. MSHA recommends the following Best Practices: •  Do not operate heavy equipment when fatigued. The effects of fatigue include tiredness, reduced energy, and physical or mental exhaustion. These conditions become progres- sively worse as fatigue increases. •  Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment. Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed. • Conduct adequate pre-operational checks and correct any defects affecting safety in a timely manner prior to oper- ating mobile equipment. Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment. • Operate mobile equipment at speeds consistent with the conditions of roadways, tracks, grades, clearance, visibility, curves, and traffic. • Ensure that berms are adequate for the vehicles present on site, including but not limited to height, material, and built on firm ground. •  Ensure that all exits from cabs on mobile equipment, including alternate and emergency exits, are maintained and operable. • Use seat belts when operating mobile equipment. Contact Email Phone Kevin Stricklin Acting-Administrator (202) 693-9602 Emily Hargrove Acting Deputy Administrator (202) 693-9435 Lawrence Trainor Accident Investigations Manager (202) 693-9644 Brian Goepfert Chief, Safety Division (202) 693-9640 Monique Spruill Chief, Health Division (202) 693-9464 Nancy Wilson Management Officer (202) 693-9607

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