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NOV 2018

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66 • ROCK products • November 2018 FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY The National Mining Association (NMA) honored 20 Ameri- can mining operations – six coal mines and 14 mineral/metal mines – for their safety performance in 2017. The Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration. "Safety is the prism through which our industry views every issue. Whether a company is opening a new mine, has a long- standing operation, or is incorporating new technologies, today's mining industry leaders are always exploring ways to keep miners safe today, and improve for tomorrow," said Hal Quinn, NMA president and CEO. "Through these awards, we acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in safety and hope that these companies' achievements can serve as a model for others in industry." Recipients include the following: Large Group: •  Underground Coal: Bull Mountains Mine No. 1 – Signal Peak Energy LLC. • Quarry: Drake Quarry – Drake Cement LLC. •  Underground Metal: Exodus – Newmont USA Limited (NMA member). •  Open Pit: Genesis – Newmont USA Limited (NMA member). •  Metal/Nonmetal Mill: Grand Saline Operations – Morton Salt (NMA member). • Coal Processing Facility: Kayenta Mine – Peabody Western Coal Co. (NMA member). •  Underground Nonmetal: Kerford Limestone – Kerford Limestone Co. • Surface Coal: Kosse Strip – Luminant (NMA member). • Dredge: Samsund LLC – Samsund LLC. • Bank or Pit: Santosh DBA – CalPortland Co. Small Group: •  Underground Metal: Buckhorn Mine – Crown Resources Corp. (NMA Member). •  Underground Nonmetal: Burning Springs Mine – Martin Marietta Materials Inc. • Metal/ Nonmetal Mill: Columbus Quarry LLC – Columbus Quarry LLC. • Underground Coal: Cooper Ridge Deep Mine – Kopper Glo Mining LLC. • Bank or Pit: CR5 – Oldcas- tle SW Group Inc. •  Dredge: Danz – Peoria Concrete Construction Co. •  Coal Processing Facility: Holden No 22 Prepara- tion Plant – Arch Coal Inc. (NMA member). •  Open Pit: Materion Natu- ral Resources – Materion Natural Resources (NMA member). •  Quarry: SBM Materials – SBM Materials. •  Surface Coal: Solomon Run – Elk Resources Inc. MSHA Starts Enforcing Workplace Examinations Rule On Oct. 1, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) began actively enforcing the new requirements under the Workplace Examinations Rule that technically went into effect on June 2, 2018. Some key differences between the old rule and the new rule can be found on MSHA's website. They include: •  Conducting exams at least once each shift, before work beings or as miners begin work in a working place. • Recording on the workplace examination form a descrip- tion of each adverse condition found that is not corrected promptly. •  Promptly notifying miners in affected areas of such conditions. • Recording the date such conditions were corrected. The rule broadens the time in which a competent person could conduct workplace exams from just before the shift to "as work begins." It also reduces the percentage of haz- ards found during exams that warrant documentation to just those hazards that cannot be "promptly" abated. MSHA defined "promptly" as "before miners are potentially exposed to adverse conditions." Additional information, including frequently asked ques- tions and sample templates for examinations, can be found on MSHA's website. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) said that while it was somewhat pleased with relatively positive changes proposed last September, the association remains concerned that the rule over-reaches by dictat- ing any specific times for conducting workplace exams or documentation requirements. Moreover, NSSGA remains unconvinced that the agency ever credibly demonstrated a need for changes to the decades-old workplace exams rule. Aggregates Operations Honored With Sentinels of Safety Award

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