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MSHA Issues Preliminary Mine Safety Data for 2013

msha logoThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration released preliminary data for calendar year 2013, updating the “Mine Safety and Health at a Glance" page. The charts include information on inspections; violations; number of mines and miners; and fatality and injury rates for coal, metal and nonmetal, and all mining.

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Fatality Hits Virginia Operation

According to MSHA, on March 27, a 64-year-old foreman with 32 years of experience was seriously injured when he was struck by a section of plastic water pipe as it was being moved by an excavator. The incident took place at a Virginia aggregates operation.

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NSSGA Seeks Changes in EPA Rule

NSSGA staff met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) April 7 on their recently proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule, which, if enacted as-is, would allow the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate geographically isolated water bodies and wetlands.

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Rogers Group Operations Garner Awards

The Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association (IMAA), at its 2014 Winter Workshops held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, awarded several Rogers Group locations for accomplishments in excellence, safety and community involvement.

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Construction Employment Expansion Uneven

Construction employment expanded in 175 metro areas, declined in 106 and was stagnant in 58 between February 2013 and February 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted, however, that despite the gains construction employment remained below peak levels in all but 19 metro areas.

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