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128 • ROCK products • August 2019 www.rockproducts.com Safety Aggregates Industry Almanac Beginning in 2014, to break the outdated, teacher-centered, "Death by PowerPoint" approach to training, Iowa aggregates company Cessford Construction (a CRH Americas Materials Company) became the first to participate in an innovative MSHA educational program following a non-traditional, student-centered model. This program was designed to encourage employees to become active participants in their learning process by using a series of six workbooks to guide their skill development. Although a different workbook each year, facilitators or coaches begin their sessions by provid- ing a review of some of the critical, day-to-day safety topics listed above. However, after these topics were briefly covered, employees were encouraged to move to a higher level of engagement by being involved in discussions on subjects that have a strong influence on safety such as the role of leadership, team build- ing, team decision making, the importance of speaking up, workplace violence, improving communication, having cru- cial conversations or other similar topics. Research shows discussions on topics such as these drive workplace safety upward and contribute to improved employee safety performance (McGuire & Snead, 2017). Based on data generated from perceptual surveys com- pleted by those who participated in this educational process, a review of the company's accident/injury statistics and employee observations, this MSHA ART safety educational process has increased a majority of participants' safety knowledge and has contributed to their improved safety performance. Consequently, in 2019 the Cessford's leadership team decided to take their MSHA ART to an even higher level. Rather than identifying hazards or issues for employees, the leadership team asked their employees to: • Identify hazards associated with the tasks they perform. •  Discuss corrective actions which could be taken to address hazards identified by the group. • Reach a consensus on what needs to be accomplished and develop a written plan to address the hazard(s) identified including goals, timelines, and a list of activities to help mitigate the risks to an acceptable level. Task training, distracted driving, powered haulage, and seat belt use were just a few of the problem areas employ- ees identified. Due to powered haulage being an important initiative for MSHA and a critical issue for our employee's safety, we focused on this topic for further development and it became a significant section of the 8 th edition of MSHA Annual Refresher Education Volume VIII. During their 2019 annual refresher education class, employees used the written materials and participated in group discussions. During this process employees: •  Became more aware of MSHA's concern and position on the disturbing trend related to powered haulage accidents, incidents and fatalities on metal and non-metal mine sites. •  Were provided best practices, outlined by MSHA, to reduce the number and severity of powered haulage incidents. •  Participated in group discussions to elicit what they believed were causes or behaviors which contributed to powered haulage incidents and fatalities. •  Discussed and developed potential actions or processes to eliminate or manage the factors that contribute to powered haulage incidents. • Agreed on the actions and goals which should be included in a plan to manage powered haulage accidents, incidents and fatalities. •  Agreed to actively participate in the "Plan to Eliminate and Manage Powered Haulage Accidents, Incidents and Fatali- ties," which was developed with input from all employees. Based on recommendations from Cessford's leaders and employees, a committee of salaried and hourly workers were brought together to review employee feedback and develop a plan to manage hazards related to powered haulage. Devel- oping a plan, whether for business, production, or safety can be a difficult task; we found the process can be simpler by following these steps: 1. Develop a plan: Describes where you are, where you would like to be, and the actions you need to take to get there. 2. Review what the team does: Think about your team. What is the work they do or the tasks that they perform? What products do they provide and how do these all relate to you, your organization and the safety of everyone? 3. Communicate with team members and leaders: Talk with each member of your team about what they do, typ- ical hazards, and critical safety concerns. Communication can encourage everyone to become more engaged in the process and contribute to the plan since they will be an integral part of developing it. 4. Prioritize group goals and company objectives: Define the long-term goals your team would like to achieve even if they may seem impossible to reach. Then, pri- oritize your goals and break them into smaller, easier to achieve goals. Identify what actions are needed to achieve your goals and the time frame in which they will be accomplished. 5. Training: A plan should identify and include any train- ing needed to help employees overcome barriers which might prevent them from achieving their safety goals. 6. End results: Discuss the benefits of achieving your goals. Make your plan personal and relevant to all who will be affected by it.

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