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MSHA Reports Ninth Fatality of the Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Oct. 2, a 40-year-old miner with 20 years of experience was fatally injured when struck by stemming sand ejected from a borehole.

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Cemex U.S. Operations Up 11 Percent

Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V.  announced that, on a like-to-like basis for the ongoing operations and adjusting for currency fluctuations, consolidated net sales increased by 8 percent during the third quarter of 2018 to $3.7 billion versus the comparable period in 2017. Cemex’s operations in the United States increased sales 11 percent.

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Multifamily Decline Pushes Overall Housing Starts Down

Led by a drop in multifamily production, total housing starts fell 5.3 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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Regulatory Agenda Offers Encouraging Signs

According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) the Trump administration’s latest regulatory agenda offered encouraging signs for aggregates industry priorities, including the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) improvements. 

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MSHA Scofflaw Program Reclaims Unpaid Safety and Health Fines

Seven months after taking action to strengthen enforcement efforts regarding delinquent fines and mine violations, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that 49 mine operators have either taken steps to enter into payment agreements or satisfied their delinquent debts, resulting in $5.2 million in recovered fines.

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