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Rock Solid

Welcome to the latest incarnation of Rock Products, which throughout its more than 100 years of serving aggregates producers, has certainly seen its share of change. The magazine was recently sold to Mining Media International (MMI), based in Denver, a company that is solely focused on creating information products for the mining and construction-materials industries.

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Risk Assessment 101

A lot has been said about hazard awareness, hazard recognition and hazard identification in the workplace. All of these are fairly synonymous terms for the act of understanding those elements in the work environment that can be harmful— a key element to protecting your safety.

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Tough Talk Won’t Improve Mine Safety

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made comments worth repeating to the entire mining community when she spoke to the Board of Directors of the National Mining Association (NMA) recently.

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ALJ Sustains $2,000 Penalty for Guarding Violation

ALJ Margaret A. Miller affirmed several citations against Blue Mountain Production Co., the largest being a $2,000 fine for an S&S and unwarrantable failure violation of §56.14107(a), which requires moving machine parts be guarded to protect persons from moving parts that can cause injury.

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Whistleblower Cases Explain Process

There Are Limits On Relief For Complaining Miners.
The chances of “whistleblower protection” reform being passed by Congress this term have diminished significantly (barring a lame duck session passage of HR 5663 and its Senate counterpart.

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