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JAN 2013

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NSSGA, MSHA Reaffirm Alliance The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and the U. S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration reaffirmed their decade‐old alliance aimed at preventing injuries and ill‐ nesses at U.S. aggregates operations. The 2002 MSHA‐ NSSGA Alliance was the first of its kind between an industry association and the federal government. The MSHA‐NSSGA Alliance Co‐chair Louis Griesemer, president and CEO, Springfield Underground Inc., Springfield, Mo., said, "Although the alliance is pre‐ cluded from getting into the area of enforcement, the work done in training, leadership and education by way of Safety Alerts, NSSGA's magazine safety pull‐outs, and quarterly CEO safety newsletters is critical for all aggre‐ gates operators." Signed at MSHA's headquarters on Dec. 7 in Arlington, Va., the agreement calls for the two organizations to work closely together on the promotion of safe working conditions, the development of effective miner training programs and the expansion of mine safety and health outreach and communication. "The signing of a fourth Alliance agreement by NSSGA with MSHA, along with our industry's 11‐year‐long streak of reduced injury rates, exemplifies the aggre‐ gates sector's commitment to providing the safest and healthiest workplaces," said NSSGA Vice Chairman of the Board Ward Nye, president and CEO, Martin Mari‐ etta Materials, Raleigh, N.C. "We are pleased to continue this cooperation between the aggregates industry and the federal government," added NSSGA President and CEO R. A. Edwards, III. "The alliance reaffirms that NSSGA members value their workers as their greatest asset. Last year, the aggre‐ gates industry saw a reduced injury rate to just 2.27 in‐ juries per 200,000 hours worked, which is down from the previous year. This constituted the 11th consecutive year of falling injury rates. Our goal, however, is the lowest‐possible injury rate and we are determined to keep up our effort." Under the agreement, NSSGA works jointly with MSHA to develop training and education programs aimed at reducing aggregates operations hazards. E RANDY K. LOGSDON Randy K. Logsdon, CMSP, is manager of safety for Intrepid Potash New Mexico operations. He has practiced safety on both the coal and metal/nonmetal side of mining for more than 30 years. Randy is a Certified Mine Safety Professional. He can be reached at JAMES SHARPE James Sharpe holds a master's degree in environmental health sciences and is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene, health and safety. He can be reached at ELLEN SMITH Ellen Smith is the owner of Legal Publication Services, publisher of Mine Safety & Health News, She has been covering mining issues since 1987 and has won 31 journalism awards for her reporting, including the 2010 Magnum Opus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Custom Media. Ellen can be reached at 585-721-3211, or at ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 45

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