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MSHA Reports 2013 Accident Statistics

According to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, 42 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines in 2013, an increase from the 36 miners who died in 2012. While mining fatalities occurred at a record low rate for the first three quarters of 2013, during the fourth quarter of 2013, six coal miners and nine metal/nonmetal miners died in mining accidents, a significant increase from the same period in 2012, when four coal miners and two metal/nonmetal miners died.

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Opening in Deck on Loader Deemed S&S Violation of Safe Access Standard

By Ellen Smith

A judge slightly increased MSHA’s proposed penalty from $873 to $900 for an S&S violation of MSHA’s “safe access” standard, §56.11001, where a front-end loader had an 18-in. opening in the handrail on the deck, and the driver had to access the deck to clean the loader’s windshield.

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The Pause That Refreshes

By Randy K. Logsdon

A major soft drink manufacturer once adopted the slogan “the pause that refreshes.” Television and magazine ads depicted young people taking a moment from their busy lives to relax and “refresh” while consuming the soft drink.

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Top 5 Steps to a More Sustainable 2014

DougRuhlinLook Beyond Increasing Revenue And Focus On Your Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit.

By Dough Ruhlin

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. You might want to drop a few pounds this year, but have you thought of resolutions for your business? You should be.

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The Past is Prologue

 

Mark SavitIt’s A Little Like The First Day Of Baseball Season When Every Team Is Undefeated And Hope Springs Eternal.

By Mark Savit

 The holidays are over. It looks like deals will be done so that we won’t have another government shutdown this year. Congress appears poised to compromise on a budget that might actually bring us some good news on the infrastructure-funding front. Construction appears to be coming back. In all, it looks like we might actually be poised to start the slow climb out of what had been a fairly depressing past few years.

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