Build strong safety skills this summer! In this edition, you'll find information about Pickett and Associates, Inc., Vulcan Black, CCC Group Employee Safety Day, the 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar, MSHA Quarterly Training Call, car safety, the 31st FLSME Regional Mining Conference and our MSHA Annual Refresher Course.

This month, we're putting the spotlight on two leading organizations in mine safety.

Pickett and Associates, Inc. is a privately owned, professional surveying and mapping firm with more than 50 years of success. Based in Central Florida, it provides services on land, water and in the air across the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean Islands. 

Since the 1970s, Pickett has been the preferred surveying and mapping contractor for various phosphate, sand and aggregate mining companies. For more than six years, Pickett has been awarded by the Mosaic Company, the world's largest combined producer of potash and phosphates, for providing safe and accident-free services while working onsite at their mining operations.

Pickett  employees are safety trained and hold certificates in multiple safety related procedures, including OSHA/MSHA training for work conducted on mine property or plant sites; TWIC training for individuals who require unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels; MOT training for individuals involved with Work Zone Traffic Control to ensure that FDOT standards are followed in planning, designing, supervising, implementing and maintaining work zone traffic control; electric utility safety and security training; and First-Aid/CPR training.

Pickett's comprehensive safety program is a living document that has been developed and updated for over 50 years. Pickett's philosophy is that the well-being of the company and its clients is dependent on the health and safety of its workforce. Every reasonable precaution in all circumstances is taken for the protection and welfare of all employees. 

Vulcan Materials Company has received several awards for their mine safety efforts. Their underground mine rescue team, Vulcan Black, places highly in national competitions facing off in field exercises and first aid competitions with other teams across the country. 

Team members are prepared to respond to an emergency not in just one of the Midwest Division's three underground mines in Bartlett, Bolingbrook and Lemont, but also in any of the four other underground mines operated by local competitors. The team is prepared for emergencies in all metal or non-metal underground mines in the United States.
CCC Group Employee Safety Day

The Florida Mine Safety Program attended CCC Group's Employee Safety Day on July 29, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bartow, Florida. We presented the Contractor of the Quarter award to the group for their commitment to safety. The Florida Mine Safety Program commends the CCC Group for embracing the new EHS culture, being proactive in recognizing and mitigating hazards and using equipment and tools with proper inspections. We recognize the administration staff for their excellent job coordinating and maintaining records as well as the Field EHS Supervisors for coaching, mentoring and monitoring the field and office personnel. 

CCC Group Employee Safety Day

Matt Edson of CCC Group accepts the Contractor of the Quarter award.

Group activity during CCC Group's Safety Day. 

Click for an inside look of CCC Group Safety Day!

8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar

The Florida Public Safety Institute is hosting its 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar October 9-14, 2016. Over 70 courses will be offered throughout the week. For more information, watch the video above.
Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

MSHA Quarterly Training Call

The 2016 SE Stakeholder conference call #1 to discuss safety and health concerns in metal and nonmetal mining was held on July 20, 2016. The call discussed the recent MNM Fatalities, the MSHA Monitoring Tool and rules to live by with a Q & A session for each topic. 

The call announced two new programs for trainers:

"Retrain the Trainer"
  • A one-day course designed to give experienced and new trainers a refresher class in training materials and training techniques
"Competent Person Train the Trainer"
  • A three-day training course designed specifically for Part 46 training.

In 2013, the U.S. 8th Circuit of Appeals published a decision regarding lockout-tagout requirements in the mining industry. The court reversed a commission decision and instructed MSHA not to cite 30 CFR 56/57.12016 or 12.12017 unless the hazard of electrical shock or burn is involved.

Some of MSHA's inspectors still incorrectly cite 56/57.12016 when they observe miners working on conveyors, crushers or other mechanical equipment with the power on or the disconnect switch not locked out. The correct standard to cite in these situations is 56/57.14105. Lockout-Tagout-Tryout by each person working on a piece of equipment or a system remains an industry best practice. Inspectors should recommend and encourage mines and miners to affix each person's own personal safety lock when working on mechanical equipment.

Learn more  about the topics discussed in the SE District Stakeholder Teleconference Calls.

Save the Date

The 11th Annual Southeastern US Mining Safety and Health Conference is only a few months away! Join the Florida Mine Safety Program November 2-4, 2016 with Pre-Conference Workshop on November 1 in Birmingham, Alabama 
Safety Starts at Home

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in 2014 were unrestrained or not wearing a safety belt. Many of these deaths were children. Using the correct car seat or booster seat can save lives. It is important to make sure children are always buckled in an age and size appropriate car seat or booster seat.

Safety starts at home. Teaching safe practices at home will lead to safe practices at work. Read more on our website.
31st FLSME Regional Mining Conference 

Registration is open for the 31st Annual FLSME Regional Mining Conference on October 12-13, 2016 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida! The conference is an exciting and significant event for mining industry representatives and associated service firms to gain industry knowledge and exchange ideas. Professionals from around the country and world will gather to attend educational technical sessions and network with peers representing the mining industry.

10th Annual SME Golf Extravaganza 

Don't miss another exciting SME event! The 10th Annual SME Golf Extravaganza is October 11, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are available and team registration is now open.
MSHA Annual Refresher Training

The Florida Mine Safety Program is dedicated to providing miners with adequate training to prevent accidents in the workplace. Our annual refresher course keeps miners updated with their safety training. The course covers:
  • Changes at the mine or plant which may affect miners' safety or health
  • Mandatory health and safety standards
  • Transportation controls and communication systems
  • Escape and emergency evacuation plans: fire warnings and fire fighting
  • Ground control; working in areas of high walls, water hazards, pits and spoil banks; illumination; and night work
  • First aid
  • Electrical hazards
  • Prevention of accidents
  • Health
  • Explosives
  • Self-rescue and respiratory devices

Can't make our refresher course? Join us for one of our other educational and insightful core courses:
  • New Miner Training
  • Law Class Supervisor/Agent Workshop
  • AHA, Heart Saver, ASHI First Aid CPR/AED Instructor
  • 10 & 30 OSHA Outreach Training Program
For course information and dates, visit our website
11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference

Mark your calendar! This year's 11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is November 2-4, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida Mine Safety Program is excited to attend this year's conference, where the latest information on mine safety and health practices will be shared by keynote speakers. In addition, attendees will also enjoy breakout sessions and meet in industry sessions with MSHA managers from the Southeast office and national office.  

Recognized as one of the best mining conferences in the country, the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is a valuable resource for industry safety and health information. If you are an operator, safety and health manager, contractor, miner, educator or other member of the mining community, register today. 
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The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and mining contractors with their health and safety training. For the past 31 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), whose mission is to prevent death, disease and injuries in the mining industry. This is done through a variety of training courses, conferences and informational seminars offered by FMSP. These courses highlight proper emergency evacuation plans, health and safety standards and more. FMSP diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Florida metal and nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained to take precautionary measures. Through a collaborative effort, FMSP and MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.

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