April is distracted driving awareness month. This year, to help tackle this pervasive problem, we’ve added a focus on cyclist safety by creating two new toolbox talks to go along with several other free driving resources, available here: https://safestart.com/driving-awareness-toolkit/ Please use these to help your workers stay safe on the road.
March 21, 2019
Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.
“Rosemont is now a fully permitted, shovel-ready copper project and we look forward to developing this world-class asset,” said Alan Hair, Hudbay’s president and chief executive officer, in a press release.
The MPO was received from the U.S. Forest Service about two weeks after the project received the Section 404 Water Permit. READ MORE
On Thursday, March 7, 2019, a 38-year-old miner with 10 years of mining experience received fatal injuries while he was working on the pad of a highwall mining machine (HWM). The miner was contacted in a pinch point between a post and a section of the HWM (i.e. push beam) that was being removed as part of the normal mining cycle.
- Establish and discuss safe work procedures for removing push beams. Identify and control all hazards and develop methods to protect miners.
- Determine the proper working position to avoid pinch points. Monitor personnel to ensure safe work procedures are followed.
- Always follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedures and discuss these procedures during training.
- Train miners to recognize potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures before beginning work.
On March 7, 2019, a 46-year-contractor with three years of experience was fatally injured when he lost his balance and fell backwards through a narrow gap between two log washers and landed on a cable tray approximately 12 feet below. The victim was changing drive belts on a log washer motor when his wrench slipped off of a bolt he was tightening, causing the loss of balance.
- Always use fall protection equipment, safety belts and lines, when working at heights and near openings where there is a danger of falling.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and any hazards that may be present.
- Have properly designed handrails, guards, and covers securely in place at openings through which persons may fall.
- Train personnel in safe work procedures regarding the use of handrails and fall protection equipment during maintenance and construction activities and ensure their use.
- Conduct workplace examinations in order to identify and correct hazards prior to performing work.
This meeting will cover regional funding for the next 5 years on roadways, transit, safety, interstate interchanges, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Randolph Golf Complex
600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Library
7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Joyner-Green Valley Library
Large Activity Room
601 N. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley