Safety Conference topics
Tuesday, April 10th
Surface Ground Control (10:00 a.m.)
When it is necessary to remove overburden to extract minerals, the methods used to maintain the stability of the earthen material left in place and how it is handled will be addressed by Jason Schlee, Vulcan Materials Safety & Health Manager. This presentation addresses this unique hazard as it applies to the mining industry and focuses on Highwall Hazard Recognition, and identifying signs of potential failures before they occur. The topics covered within this discussion include: the most common MSHA standards associated with ground control, common terminology, examples of highwall hazards and failures, and finally ground control as it applies to spoil piles and stockpiles.
Managing the health and wellness of today's workforce (11:15 a.m.)
Managing the health and wellness of today's workforce is challenging, as for the first time in US history there are 4 generations in the workplace. Dena Kirk, Administrative Director of Occupational Medicine & Rehabilitation Services will discuss the challenges of managing the different generations of the traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X'er and the millennials. Utilizing occupational medicine to assist with developing strategies to keep the generations healthy, while reducing healthcare costs and work comp claims will be a top focus of discussion.
MSHA’s Priority Issues and Safety Concerns in Illinois (1:15 p.m.)
MSHA's Peru Field Office Supervisor, Pat Kirk, will review most often cited standards in Illinois and discuss how mining companies can make their operations safer.
Powered Haulage: Friend and Foe (1:45 p.m.)
Recent deaths in the mining industry have been attributed to powered haulage. Chuck Cantrell, Occupational Safety Training & Consulting, will review these fatalities and discuss strategies that may have avoided them and how your company can make mining safer.
Hearing loss prevention (2:45 p.m.)
Tim Kearney, 3M Personal Safety Division
MSHA Responsibility with Contractors on Site (3:30 p.m.)
Nick Scala, attorney at Conn Maciel Carey, will address this topic from a legal standpoint and give you insight on strategies and workplace practices.
Taking Safety from the Office to the Jobsite: What to Say and Do to Demonstrate Commitment (4:30 p.m.)
Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services, believes every person in a construction organization has a specific function to get the job done, and yet all are held “responsible for safety.” Executives, project managers and supervisors have a particularly wide scope of influence and accountability, so it is critical that they demonstrate commitment through both words and actions. It starts with leading by example, but true leadership goes beyond wearing proper PPE and ensuring others do the same. This keynote focuses on tactical activities to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training and recognition. Safety doesn’t just happen – it is built through trust, consistency and accountability. Audience members will learn how to integrate these principles into their daily routines.
Wednesday, April 11th
Comfort Zone – Stay In or Get Out - MSHA Annual Refresher Education (2017 IAAP Innovative Safety award winner) (8:30a.m.)
Joe McGuire, Cessford Contruction, believes we all seem to do our best work when we stay within our comfort zone; however, to move beyond teaching people what they already know requires trainers or instructors to explore other topics and content areas. We spend years in educational or training programs growing our knowledge base; after which, we devote a great deal of time to planning and developing training sessions or classes based on what we have learned. Stepping outside of our comfort zone can be a stressful; but, it might be the first step in developing classes with content which focuses on bringing new learning to participants. In the end, our responsibility or “duty” is to our students, not to our content, what we know or simply fulfilling training requirements.
MSHA fatality investigations and the ramification for safety in mining (9:30 a.m.)
Ed Elliot, MSHA Senior Advisor, will walk us through how MSHA conducts fatality investigations and develops policies and procedures that are meant to ensure safe mining.
Tire Safety, Care and Maintenance (10:30 a.m.)
Bill Coleman, Corporate Earthmover Sales Manager, and Joe Warren, Earthmover Sales Manager at Pomp’s Tire will pass along their vast knowledge including:
-Daily walk around inspection of tires and wheels
-Missing and damaged wheel/rim parts
-Factors that determine proper inflation pressure
-Detrimental effects of under inflated tires
-The importance of repairing injured tires
-Types of injuries that can remain in service vs. injuries that need immediate attention
-Keeping loading and working areas clear of rocks and debris
-Accelerated tire wear on today’s more powerful equipment
Behavioral-based safety training (1:00 p.m. )
Rick Lamb from Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will lead a panel discussion with safety experts who have changed the safety culture at their workplaces and adopted behavior-based strategies that have improved safety. The topic will be defined and simple implementation steps will be discussed that can be utilized by all sizes of mining companies.
Wednesday, April 11th
Aggregate Policy Seminar (3:00 p.m.)
This Illinois Department of Transportation informational meeting led by Sean Stutler, Central Bureau of Materials, addresses a broad range of recent aggregate issues including how Illinois’ aggregate policy has changed and a look into the future. This seminar will benefit aggregate technicians, inspectors and QC managers and will include a question and answer period.
Thursday, April 12th
NSSGA Vice President of Safety, Joe Casper will provide updates on various federal issues
Don Mikulic, Illinois State Geological Survey (retired) will share his vast knowledge about the History of the Stone Industry in Illinois
Representatives from the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association and Illinois Ready Mix Concrete Association will let you know What Asphalt and Concrete Producers Want/Need from Aggregate Producers and discuss new technologies and mixtures
Aggregate Beneficial Electrification Study - How electrification can lower costs and increase production in quarries presented by Eastern Illinois University and Kim Leftwich, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative
MSHA priorities, initiatives and the President's budget for the agency. Ed Elliott, MSHA Senior Adviser
How to Comply with the New Stormwater Permit Requirements - The new industrial stormwater permit went into effect in early 2017. This seminar will explain the new permit and changes you need to make to your stormwater plan, BMPs you can implement at your site, what benchmark sampling is and how to do it, and site specific challenges some of our member operations face. Mitch Mariotti, VCNA Prairie Aggregatees, will be presenting on this issue and David Olchawa, Fairmount Santrol, and Rebekah Schulenberg, Vulcan Materials, will join Mitch for a roundtable discussion addressing many aspects of stormwater management.
Art Pincomb, Associated Geologists, will answer the question, Quarry & Pit Valuations, Do You Add Value? and share information about the impact of county tax assessments on quarries in other states
Illinois Dept of Natural Resources representatives will discuss various topics including reclamation and permitting requirements, endangered species and habitat information
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