Category Archives: Op-Ed

Can the government blacklist contractors for safety violations?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Patrick Dennison Dr. David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, recently tweeted a suggestion that the government ban a construction contractor from work on public lands after the company pleaded guilty on charges related to the death of a worker. This is […]

The real reason construction companies fail

The real reason construction companies fail

The Small Business Administration (SBA) identifies a huge failure rate among start-up companies: Roughly 20 percent fail in the first year Roughly 50 percent fail within five years Roughly 66 percent fail within 10 years Construction companies have an even uglier track record. Roughly two-thirds go out of business within five years. The owners of […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg Why in the world would I need a magnet in my mining or aggregate producing operation? Is this a spoof or something serious I need to look further into? What kind of magnet(s) would I be looking at to install? Where would I use such a thing and for […]

Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Answers by Duncan High, processing equipment division manager, Haver & Boecker and Michael Honea, process engineer, Haver & Boecker Q: What’s taking place in the market that’s driving some of the current innovation in the arena of portable plants? DH: We’ve seen increased interest in portable equipment, with more of our customers asking about it […]

New truck scale instrument helps meet increased product performance expectations

Companies are looking to increase profitability and efficiency by increasing the number of weighments they can make over a given time. One way to achieve this is by integrating weighing functions more closely with daily production and business activities. New truck scale instruments are being developed that fit in with today’s culture and business environment, […]