Recognizing a job well done goes a long way towards worker engagement and satisfaction.  Plus it reinforces for all workers exactly what good work looks like and that it is rewarded.  Arizona Rock Products Association makes it easy for their members to implement employee recognition programs as they have established programs in place.  All their members need to do is internally promote and then submit their nominations to the ARPA Safety and Transportation Committee. Forms and instructions»  Driver of the Quarter Description and Entry Form   AGG Star of the Quarter. pdf

ARPA offers two different awards; Driver of the Quarter and AGG Star of the Quarter.  To get the most out of these programs, encourage everyone throughout your company to make a nomination.  Select and award an winner in each category from your company and then forward on to ARPA for industry-wide recognition.

This is great opportunity to recognize your people and much of the work is

already done.

Assessment of Civil Penalties for MSHA; Inflation Adjustment

On January 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor will publish a final rule in the Federal Register that will adjust for inflation MSHA’s civil monetary penalties.  On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.  This law requires the Department to annually adjust its civil monetary penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. Continue Reading »

The table below reports the change to MSHA’s penalties in 2019.

OSHA Penalties Adjusting in 2019

OSHA’s civil penalties amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards will increase in 2019 to adjust for inflation. The adjusted maximum penalty amounts will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register. New penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.

ADOT wears blue for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Those visiting Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division offices on Friday, Jan. 11, will see employees wearing blue in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. On vehicles driven by officers with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, motorists will see bumper stickers pointing to help for human trafficking victims.

Whether it’s encouraging MVD’s 850 office employees to participate in #WearBlueDay or having K-9 units on the lookout for human trafficking victims at commercial ports of entry, ADOT works throughout the year to help combat this increasingly urgent problem.

At ports of entry next to California and New Mexico, ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance division has K-9 units trained to identify not only evidence of illegal drugs but human cargo that can include victims of human trafficking. Lieutenants overseeing these ports are trained to identify warning signs of human trafficking, such as unusual tattoos, an unwillingness to speak and carrying large amounts of cash without explanation.

“ADOT is taking a comprehensive approach to help end this horrible practice in Arizona,” said ADOT Enforcement Services Bureau Chief Gary McCarthy, who chairs the Arizona Human Trafficking Council’s Outreach and Awareness Committee. “This is a real problem with real victims.”

Dozens of vehicles driven by Enforcement and Compliance Division officers have bumper stickers encouraging those who need help or who see signs of trouble to visit or call 888.373.7888, resources offered through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

This year, more ADOT officers will receive training on human trafficking, including where the demand comes from and what cases look like. The Enforcement and Compliance Division is developing online training so ADOT employees who work along highways will be ready to spot the signs of human trafficking.

Taseko’s Florence Copper Project Achieves Major Milestone

Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that following receipt of all necessary state and federal operating permits, wellfield operations were commenced and injection and recovery systems have now been fully ramped up at its Florence Copper Project in central Arizona. Following an initial leaching period, leach solutions are flowing at expected levels and copper has been detected in solutions recovered from process sample wells. Read more»

U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018 – the second lowest number ever recorded.

Eighteen fatalities occurred at surface operations; nine occurred in underground mines. Approximately 250,000 miners work across 12,000 U.S. metal/nonmetal mines, and 83,000 miners work in the nation’s 1,200 coal mines.

The leading cause of fatalities was powered haulage, which accounted for 13 fatalities or 48 percent of the annual total. MSHA has taken action to counter powered haulage fatalities, including publishing a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on technologies and practices that can improve safety conditions related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors. MSHA also launched a campaign to educate miners and mine operators on the hazards associated with such equipment.

Federal Gov’t Announces 2019 UCR Fee Adjustment

The federal government has announced reduced annual fees for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR).

The new fees go into effect as of December 27, 2018.

For the second consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees, which are down about 5% from last year.  In 2018, fees dropped by 9%.  The fee reductions for 2018 and 2019 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors following several years of higher than expected collections. Read more»

Why Southern Arizona needs the Rosemont Mine

We are writing in response to the Dec. 9 guest opinion column, “Rosemont mine would bring devastation to Southern Arizona” by Tohono O’odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias.
We are with the Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC), which was formed to support the responsible development of new, expanding and relocating industries with an emphasis on mining and related technology here in Southern Arizona and around the state.
The headline begins with a very unfitting and disingenuous representation of the Rosemont Copper project being developed by Hudbay Minerals. There is no sound scientific evidence being presented by the authors to support their inflammatory rhetoric.
Let’s look at the facts about the need for copper and this project. As the population has increased and technology has advanced the uses and demand for copper has increased. Copper has to be mined where the ore body exists, period. This is why the Rosemont Copper project is here.