Safety Conference topics
Surface Ground Control
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
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
MSHA's Mining Inspector, Dave Szymanski, will review most often cited standards in Illinois and discuss how mining companies can make their operations safer.
Powered Haulage: Friend and Foe
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
Tim Kearney, 3M Personal Safety Division
MSHA Responsibility with Contractors on Site
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
Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services (contact him for presentation: Cell 309.297.0032), 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.
Comfort Zone – Stay In or Get Out - MSHA Annual Refresher Education
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
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
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
Rick Lamb from Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will lead an open dialogue with safety experts who have changed the culture at their workplaces by adopting behavior-based strategies that improve safety. The first portion of this seminar will define the behavior-based approach and begin to outline its benefits. During the second portion, you will participate in discussions taking a deep dive into simple implementation steps that can be utilized by all sizes of mining companies.
Aggregate Policy Seminar
This Illinois Department of Transportation's Sean Stutler, Central Bureau of Materials, will addresses a broad range of recent aggregate issues including how Illinois’ aggregate policy has changed and a look into the future. Cindy Williams, Deputy Chief of Program Implementation at Illinois Tollway, will cover future Tollway projects and the types and amounts of materials that will be needed for those projects, as well as any specification changes that may be in the works. This seminar will benefit aggregate technicians, inspectors and QC managers and will include a question and answer period.
NSSGA Vice President of Safety, Joe Casper will deliver a National Report with a Focus on Workplace Safety and Health including updates on infrastructure and environmental policy as well as NSSGA's work to improve safety in the industry
Don Mikulic, Weis Earth Science Museum, 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 (Condensed version (fixed) - Longer version - BMPs) - 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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