"Safety: Key to Success" is our eNewsletter theme for May but, as we all know, is and has been a key theme for our industries for as far back as I can remember. So, let’s say, AT LEAST since the mid-1970’s. For many of our companies, this commitment to safety goes back much farther. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness and commitment to taking safety seriously, emphasizing that personal safety from disease is critical to our health and the health of those where we work and others with whom we interact. A key to Safety Success, whether we’re considering disease or worker safety, with how we operate at our mining and related facilities and operations, comes back to individual actions.
Any employee of a mining company is very aware of safety. It starts from the day we are hired, with our New Miner Training, and continues throughout our mining career. Every company has some sort of Safety Manager or Safety Director, with multiple programs, training techniques and guidelines that are implemented to keep safety in the forefront of what we do every day. No mining company ever wants to see an employee, vendor, visitor or anyone else get hurt on their mine site. What I would like to touch on today is safety away from work.
Hello TMRA members. As you read this month’s newsletter, I hope that each of you have been able to stay safe and healthy during the COVID19 pandemic. The world as we know it, has now changed and companies are having to address health concerns that they have never had to address before. To ensure employee health and safety, I am certain that your company has had to develop and implement new strategies for employee protection. Strategies such as employee temperature checks, employees working remotely, social distancing practices, adding masks and gloves as part of required PPE, limiting and/or forbidding travel and emphasizing the importance of handwashing. Hopefully, your company has been able to avoid the worst of this pandemic.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released an interactive, web-based tool showcasing the mining sector’s economic contributions and environmental performance. During the last three years, EPA has developed several "sector snapshots" under the agency’s "Smart Sectors Program." According to EPA, "the sector snapshots employ a novel approach by assembling a range of environmental and economic data from different publicly-available sources to provide an integrated, easy–to–understand overview for each sector over the last 20 years."
The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) – the leading state trade association for the aggregate, concrete, cement and associated industries – today announced that Josh Leftwich is joining the Association as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Leftwich comes to TACA with more than 20 years of experience in the mining and energy sectors, bringing an extensive and diverse range of knowledge in regulatory policy, legislative engagement, environmental permitting, business planning, risk management and stakeholder engagement.
While most commodities are getting hammered by the coronavirus crisis, uranium prices are skyrocketing. The radioactive metal used in nuclear fuel has climbed 31% this year, making it the world’s best-performing major commodity. The gains have been spurred by mine shutdowns that have wiped out more than a third of annual global output at a time when demand from power plants has remained relatively stable.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy has announced up to $131 million for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) research and development (R&D) projects through one new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and the winners of five project selections from a previous FOA.
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Safety Alert - Surge Piles
On March 5, 2020, an operator was using a Caterpillar D8T bulldozer on a coal surge pile near a load-out feeder location when the surge pile collapsed, engulfing the bulldozer and trapping the operator inside the cab. The operator was uninjured because the bulldozer was equipped with:
* High-strength glass that prevented coal from entering the operator’s cab; and
* Two Self Contained Self-Rescuers (SCSRs) which provided the equipment operator sufficient breathable air throughout the two-hour rescue effort.Click below to learn more safety practices.
Haul trucks and other large surface mining vehicles are capable of destroying smaller vehicles that cannot be seen by the operator. Traffic controls, training, and avoiding distractions are key to enhancing safety. Collision warning and avoidance systems can also help.Click below for key safety practices and resources.
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June 17-18, 2020
The Cascades Resort
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DATE: Oct. 18-20, 2020
LOCATION: Horseshoe Bay Resort
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