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Deficit Reduction Could Hurt Small Operators

By James Sharpe

The Republican-led initiative in Congress to reduce the federal deficit could have a negative impact on small aggregates producers.

The problem may become particularly acute for small mines within the next two years. The agency has signaled its intent to tighten enforcement of its air contaminants standards in the Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM) sector. It has also announced an ambitious regulatory agenda. The proposed regulations that could have the greatest impact would be mandates to control exposure to crystalline silica and require safety and health management plans. A proposal to regulate impoundments is also expected.

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Immediate Reporting Only Required if Injury Will Reasonably Likely Cause Death

By Ellen Smith

A company was not required to report an accident to MSHA within 15 minutes where the injury to the miner was not reasonably likely to cause the miner’s death, an ALJ ruled.

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ALJ Priscilla M. Rae dismissed a $5,000 citation and alleged violation of the immediate reporting standard §50.2(h) against PCS Phosphate-White Spring’s Swift Mine in Florida.

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MSHA, NSSGA Offer Safety Tools

MSHA along with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), announced the release of a comprehensive compilation of education and training tools for the aggregates industry. "Safety Pro in a Box" is an online repository of compliance assistance materials aimed at mine operators new to the industry, especially small mine operators.

“This resource was designed to provide meaningful assistance to new operators who may be unfamiliar with the safety and health requirements that apply to their operations,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “Since small mine operators often don't have safety departments like those at larger operations, this information can provide them with the necessary training tools to ensure compliance with MSHA safety and health standards.

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CEOs Need a SEO Strategy

How Can You Make Sure Your Web Site Gets Its Proper Place In Cyberspace?
By Walt Denny

Approximately 16 billion Internet searches are conducted each month. How can you make sure your web site gets its proper place in the front of the pack? It’s all about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

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Let’s Meet Off-Line

Technology Facilitates But Rarely Improves Communication.

By Thomas J. Roach

Time was when everyone attending a meeting sat in the same room. Then technology made it possible to put people on speakerphones if they were unable to attend in person. Today in many businesses, particularly in corporate offices, most if not all meetings and their participants are on-line.

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