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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • August 2019 • 99 Aggregates Industry Almanac MSHA Report of all penalties assessed for health and safety violations are paid in a timely manner, MSHA will continue to use all avail- able enforcement mechanisms to collect unpaid fines." In March 2018, MSHA Assistant Secretary Zatezalo announced plans to strengthen the Scofflaw Program, an initiative aimed at collecting unpaid fines from delinquent mine operators. Following the announcement, MSHA deliv- ered 30-day demand letters to an initial list of delinquent mine operators, providing them with an opportunity to set up a payment plan and making clear the consequence of non-payment. If mine operators fail to show good faith and make penalty payment arrangements, MSHA pursues collection of the fines owed through all legal means at its disposal. If neces- sary, MSHA can pursue a Mine Act 104(b) withdrawal order, which forces mine operators to cease production until fines are resolved. To date, MSHA has issued 12 104(b) orders; all but two mines have reopened and resumed operations after making payment arrangements. Fatalities MSHA has reported 11 fatalities in calendar year 2019. As of this date in 2018, there were 11 MSHA fatalities reported. Five of those fatalities occurred at stone operations. Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person Location: Balcones Quarry, Comal County, Texas Mine Controller: Cemex S A Mine Type: Surface Mined Material: Crushed Broken Limestone NEC On March 7, a 46-year-contractor with three years of expe- rience was fatally injured when he lost his balance and fell backwards through a narrow gap between two log washers and landed on a cable tray approximately 12 ft. below. The victim was changing drive belts on a log washer motor when his wrench slipped off of a bolt he was tightening, causing the loss of balance. Best Practices •  Always use fall protection equipment, safety belts and lines, when working at heights and near openings where there is a danger of falling. •  Always be aware of your surroundings and any hazards that may be present. •  Have proper handrails, guards and covers securely in place at openings through which persons may fall. •  Train personnel in safe work procedures regarding the use of handrails and fall protection equipment during main- tenance and construction activities and ensure their use. • Conduct workplace examinations in order to identify and correct hazards prior to performing work. Additional Information This was the fourth MSHA fatality reported in calendar year 2019. As of the same date in 2018, there were three MSHA fatalities reported. This was the first MSHA fatality classified as Fall of Person in 2019. There were no MSHA fatalities classified as Fall of Person during the same period in 2018. Accident Classification: Machinery Location: Millstone Quarry, Oglethorpe County, Ga. Mine Controller: Robert E Paul Mine Type: Surface Mined Material: Dimension Granite On May 13, a 59-year-old supervisor with 40 years of expe- rience was fatally injured when the stationary crane he was operating fell 85 ft. into the quarry. The acting chair of MSHA's Chargeability Review Committee reviewed the death certificate, autopsy report and MSHA's accident investigation findings and determined that the miner died from natural causes. The fatality is not charge- able to the mining industry. At the time, this was classified as the sixth MSHA fatality reported in calendar year 2019. Accident Classification: Powered Haulage Location: West Amarillo Sand & Gravel, Oldham County, Texas Mine Controller: Rogers Group Inc. Mine Type: Surface Mined Material: Construction Sand & Gravel On May 18, a 34-year-old plant operator with eight years of experience received fatal injuries when he was ejected from a man lift basket. The victim was tramming while elevated at 28 ft. The miner was wearing a fall protection harness with a retractable lanyard but it was not secured/tied off to the man lift basket. Best Practices • Always stay connected/tie off. Always attach the lanyard of the approved fall protection device to the designated attachment point. • Use boom functions instead of tram functions to position the platform close to obstacles. •  Ensure that persons are properly task trained regarding safe operating procedures before allowing them to operate mobile equipment. • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task. • Ensure that access gates or openings are closed. Additional Information This was the eighth MSHA fatality reported in calendar year 2019. As of the same date in 2018, there were eight MSHA

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