Category Archives: Safety

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 […]

Ground control and drilling hazard awareness is critical to worker safety

by Jon M. Casey More than 175 members of the drilling and blasting industry spent January 17 and 18 at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy near Beckley, WV at the 2018 Mine Blasting Safety and Application Seminar. With more than one dozen industry experts offering seminars on a number of issues affecting drilling, […]