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| MSHA UPDATES

NSSGA Addressing
Overly-Strict Regulations
By Joseph Casper, NSSGA Vice President of Safety

ADDITIONAL COMPLIANCE BURDENS
WILL be placed on aggregates operators as a result of MSHA's proposed
rule on workplace exams (30 USC
56.18002) unveiled on June 7.
The proposed rule requires that a
competent person sign and date an
examination record that includes
descriptions of locations and conditions that may have adverse effects
on worker safety or health - and corrective actions taken - by the end
of each shift. These records must be
available for inspection and operators will have to provide copies of the
records upon request.
Prior to work beginning in an area,
a competent person would be required
to examine it and operators should
then promptly notify miners of conditions that pose safety and health
concerns and promptly initiate appropriate corrections.

NSSGA has opposed
the proposed civil
penalties rule since
its release because it
would increase costs
associated with MSHA
penalties in the range
of 50 to 80 percent.

NSSGA presented a case against this
rule before the White House Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs
(OIRA) May 13.
Dave Thomey, former NSSGA
chairman and current consultant to
Bluegrass Materials Company, and
NSSGA staff told OIRA and MSHA staff
that a stricter workplace exams rule
would place burdens on operators
and consumers of aggregates with no
equal benefit to employee safety and
health. They also said that the rule
appears to be more than the industry requires, given that injury rates
have steadily improved over 15 years.
NSSGA told OIRA that changes to the
definition of a "competent person" to
conduct workplace exams would likely
create unneeded paperwork and otherwise undercut the ability to manage for safety. NSSGA is facilitating a
persuasive industry-wide response to
the MSHA proposal before the Sept.
6 deadline.
Civil Penalties Rule
According to the agenda released
during the week of May 16, MSHA is
likely delaying the release of "limited" final rule on civil penalties (Part
100). The rule, which was due to come
out this month, is now listed in the
"long term action" section of MSHA's
regulatory agenda.
NSSGA has opposed the proposed
rule since its release because it would
increase costs associated with MSHA
penalties by a range of 50 to 80 percent, and these increases dramatically undercut an operator's ability to
invest in safety. NSSGA has called for

explicit clarification of the factors to
be used in an inspector's evaluation of
gravity and negligence, elimination of
language that appears to coerce operators from not contesting citations
(per their ability granted in the Mine
Act) and safeguard the discretion of
the Federal Mine Safety and Health
Review Commission to assess penalty
amounts proposed by MSHA. NSSGA
is hopeful the changes in the coming
proposal incorporate improvements
that the association proposed in formal comments and public testimony.
More Rules to Live By
MSHA announced it would add a
standard to the 19 "Rules to Live
By" that apply to metal/non-metal
mines and increase their enforcement
starting July 1. The standards were
instituted in 2010 to boost enforcement of standards tied to most fatalities by subjecting them to increased
penalties. The agency reported that
deaths tied to these standards have
fallen 23 percent, and ones tied to
violations deemed to be "significant
and substantial" (S&S) declined by
37 percent. The new standard deals
with location for performing scaling,
56/57.3201.
The agency reminded operators that
they can monitor their compliance
with the "Rules to Live By" calculator, as too many violations of these
20 standards leads to heightened
enforcement. Inspectors will provide operators with information on
the calculator and encourage them
to monitor their own compliance and
eliminate violations.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016

Aggregates Alerts
Paving the Way for Community Relations
Social Media Can Help Improve an Operation
Young Leaders Meet in Austin
NSSGA Addresses Overly-Strict Regulation With White House
Highway Industry Leaders Gather in Washington
Addressing a Key Industry Issue
Rip & Share
NSSGA@Work
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - cover1
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - cover2
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 3
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 4
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 5
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 6
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 7
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 8
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 9
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 10
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Aggregates Alerts
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 12
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 13
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Paving the Way for Community Relations
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 15
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 16
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 17
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Social Media Can Help Improve an Operation
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 19
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 20
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 21
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Young Leaders Meet in Austin
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 23
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 24
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 25
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 26
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 27
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 28
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - NSSGA Addresses Overly-Strict Regulation With White House
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 30
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Highway Industry Leaders Gather in Washington
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 32
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Addressing a Key Industry Issue
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 34
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Rip & Share
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 36
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 37
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 38
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - NSSGA@Work
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Products & Services Guide
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2016 - 42
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