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People, People, People . . .

By Randy Logsdon

Sometimes it pays to reflect on how well our safety systems align with the fundamentals of safety – fundamentals being those basic concepts that lead to the prevention of injuries, property damage, and unplanned interruption. The old wisdom told us to focus on Engineering, Education and Enforcement (the 3 E’s). The infusion of behavioral psychology into safety philosophy brought us three similar and interrelated concepts – Person, Behavior and Environment.

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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 illnesses at U.S. aggregates operations. The 2002 MSHA-NSSGA Alliance was the first of its kind between an industry association and the federal government.

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Three Points of Contact – or Control?

By Randy Logsdon

One of the tenets we use as a guide to directing personnel toward safe work performance is the phrase, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” It’s a concise way of expressing the concept that when giving direction it’s important to clearly state expectations – what is to be done; how, where, and when. (Say what you mean).

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Common Sense Discarded In Citation Over Fatality

By James Sharpe

An adult conversation about the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 15-minute reporting rule is necessary after the agency slapped a Delaware aggregate operator with a $5,000 fine for failing to timely report a medical emergency.

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Election May Foretell Tougher Times

By James Sharpe

The election results are in, and the doomsayers are predicting trouble ahead for the mining industry. While the reaction of some has been extreme, there are clear reasons for concern.

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