Category Archives: Safety

To Increase Protection of Miners from Black Lung Disease, A Comprehensive Report on Underground Coal Mine Dust Exposure Says Monitoring and Sampling Should Go Beyond Regulatory Compliance

WASHINGTON – Black lung disease cases in coal miners have been increasing since 2000 for uncertain reasons. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says that even though mine operators today are complying with regulatory requirements for monitoring conditions that affect miner health, these approaches may not guarantee that exposures […]

Control of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure in Underground Mines

Exposure to coal mine dust has long been associated with lung diseases, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), more widely known as black lung disease. Though CWP rates declined in the latter decades of the 20th century, since 2000 there has been an unexpected increase in the disease’s prevalence and severity. In 2014, the Mining Safety […]

Preparing for and managing blasting complaints, gives blasters additional confidence

by Jon M. Casey How to respond to, handle and avoid blasting complaints is always something to consider when going about blasting projects, whether they be in quarry applications or at construction sites. According to representatives from Sauls Seismic, LLC and the law firm of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson, there are a number of items […]

Design refinements for new CAT® articulated trucks address operator safety and convenience, enhanced control, and powertrain advances

Three new Cat® articulated trucks — 730, 730 EJ (Ejector), and 735 — have been extensively redesigned, enhancing the field-proven features and performance of their C-Series predecessors (730C2, 730C2 EJ, and 735C) with new operator stations — including innovative new controls, transmission-protection features, new hoist-assist system, advanced traction control system, new stability-assist system, and a […]