Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 9
| AGGREGATES ALERTS
Study Shows No
Effect from Quarries
on Housing Prices
SAND, ROCK AND GRAVEL are literally
the foundation of economic development,
but their extraction process can generate
dust, noise, vibration, and truck traffic.
While modern technologies and methods
have greatly reduced quarries' impact, the
environmental and economic consequences
of quarry operations receive considerable
attention, often in the form of adversarial "not in my backyard," or NIMBY campaigns. A key complaint is that quarries
reduce home values.
In a new policy paper released in March,
entitled Quarry Operations and Property
Values: Revisiting Old and Investigating
New Empirical Evidence, Phoenix Center
scholars Dr. George S. Ford and Professor
R. Alan Seals of Auburn University analyze
the relationship between home prices and
quarry operations and find no compelling statistical evidence that either the
anticipation of, or the ongoing operation
of, rock quarries negatively impacts home
prices. If anything, the Phoenix Center's
scholars find that home prices fall-not
rise-as the distance from the quarry
increases. Drs. Ford and Seals also scrutinize an earlier and oft-cited study on
the relationship between home prices and
quarry operations and find severe defects
in that analysis.
"Sand, rock and gravel are literally the
foundation of economic development, but
some homeowners fear a quarry will reduce
nearby property values," said study coauthor Phoenix Center Chief Economist Dr.
George S. Ford. "Our search for evidence
that quarries reduce home prices in thousands of transactions turns up empty. Only
one earlier study finds such a link, but a
close look at that study indicates it was
poorly designed, used unreliable statistical methods, and the findings cannot be
A full copy of the study may be downloaded free from the Phoenix Center's web
page at: http://www.phoenix-center.org/
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW
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IN 2015, 10 PERCENT OF ALL INJURIES
AT STONE, SAND AND GRAVEL OPERATIONS
WERE ASSOCIATED WITH MACHINERY.
Could these accidents happen at your facility?
was broken by a rock falling
from a dump hopper.
broken when the motor
he was removing shifted,
the motor and base plate.
A mechanic almost lost the
gloved hand got caught in
an electric hoist chain.
Following best practices and MSHA requirements
can eliminate these kinds of injuries.
Turn oﬀ and secure equipment before repair or maintaining it.
When locking and tagging out, use individual locks. Keep the key to your lock and
do not allow anyone else to remove your lock.
Always maintain control and avoid distraction when operating equipment.
Inspect machinery prior to use, and immediately take out of service
and tag if any safety defects are identiﬁed.
Before working on machinery or equipment, consider all hazards
including electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
This product was developed as part of the MSHA Alliance Program
of MSHA. Use of the Alliance Program logo is reserved for MSHA and its active Alliance partners. The purpose of the
MSHA Alliance Program is to promote safety and health through voluntary partnerships, which provide training and
education, outreach, technical assistance, and a national dialog on safety and health. For more information, contact
MSHA at (202) 693-9414 or http://www.msha.gov/alliances/alliances.htm.
Safety Posters Available for Workplaces
THE SAFETY AND HEALTH of a team is the top priority for aggregates
operations. NSSGA and MSHA collaborate on safety posters, free to
download, that highlight best practices for avoiding common injuries.
From materials handling, to hand tools and powered haulage, visit
www.nssga.org/safety to find posters for any topic or operation.
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