MSHA reports on December 2022 fatality

MSHA reported that on Dec. 16, 2022, a contract mechanic at Signal Peak Silica of Atascosa in Poteet, Texas, died while removing the counterweight of an excavator, when it fell and struck him. This was the 29th fatality reported in 2022, and the 10th classified as “Machinery.”  MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: Block machinery components against motion…

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MSHA releases winter safety checklist

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is urging miners and operators to remain alert during the winter months as temperatures drop and safety hazards rise. The agency is stressing best practices for all, including surface operations where clearing ice and snow from roads and walkways are at the top of the list, along with applying salt or sand…

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MSHA’s Williamson marks National Miners Day

For the 13th time, the U.S. marked National Miners Day, and U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) assistant secretary for mine safety and health Christopher Williamson marked the occasion in a statement. “Each December, our nation marks National Miners Day to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of America’s miners,” Williamson said. “Our miners and their families deserve our gratitude…

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Getting smart about mine water management

A pair of case studies at U.S. and Mexico mines offer scope to the issue as well as the elements of long-term success  By Ken Albaugh As operational cost pressures continue to increase and water scarcity intensifies, efficient mine water management has never been more important. Integrating smart water management solutions reduces production downtime and operating costs while improving performance,…

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MSHA reports on 14th, 15th, 16th fatalities

MSHA recently released the preliminary findings from the industry’s 14th-16th fatalities of 2022. On August 11, the agency said that, on July 21, a miner at Giant Cement Co., Dorchester County, S.C., received fatal injuries when his right arm became entangled in an auger (screw) conveyor. It was the 16th fatality reported in 2022, and the sixth classified under Machinery. …

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