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MSHA Moves Closer to a Silica Rule

On Aug. 29, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) took a step closer to an updated regulation for respirable crystalline silica. In a published Request for Information (RFI), the agency is soliciting “data and information on economically and technologically feasible best practices” to protect the health of coal miners and metal/nonmetal workers from “exposure to quartz, including a reduced [workplace exposure] standard, new or developing protective technologies, and/or technical and educational assistance.”

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PrimeSource Rolls Out New Cut-Resistant GRX Gloves

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council, the average hand injury claim now exceeds $6,000, with lost time workers’ compensation claims reaching nearly $7,500.  The average reported hand injury results in six days off work. Hand injuries are the second most common injury on the jobsite, with cuts and lacerations being the number one hand injury.

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NSSGA Announces New Seat Belt Safety Initiative

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced a winner in naming the seat belt safety campaign, to be titled “Why risk it? Just click it!” The campaign’s focus is to remind the aggregate industry’s workforce of the importance of wearing seat belts on the job.

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MSHA Reports 11th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Wednesday, July 17, a 32-year-old general manager/owner was killed when he was struck by a hydraulic breaker. 

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Tracking Communication as a Performance Measure

The Industry’s Health and Safety Requirements Are Evolving and New Tools Are Needed.

By Emily J. Haas and Joseph McGuire

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