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Two Killed at Sand and Gravel Operation

On June 3, a 24-year old haul-truck operator, with nine months of experience, and a 56-year old hydraulic-excavator operator, with six years of experience, were killed at Green Brothers Gravel Co. Inc.'s Harmony Mine & Mill in Mississippi.

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Review Commission Decision: Turn Over Employee Contact Information

In a split decision reported by Ellen Smith of Mine Safety and Health News, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission on May 17 found that MSHA has the right to request employee contact information to interview mine employees who may have knowledge about conditions in a mine where MSHA was conducting a 110(c) investigation, and where dangerous conditions existed over multiple shifts and for several days.

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Interstate Highway System Turns 60

As the U.S. Interstate Highway System turns 60 years old this week, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements.

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Enhanced MSHA Enforcement to Begin July 1

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will begin enhanced enforcement of “Rules to Live By,” its initiative of standards commonly cited following mine deaths, as well as some standards for the coal industry.

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