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National Alliances

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
   - signed February 11, 2003.
   - renewed February 8, 2006.
   - renewed again October 5, 2010.
   - renewed again December 7, 2012.

  • "For the first time ever, MSHA and an industry association have jointly agreed to adopt safety and health performance goals with objective measures. This alone is unprecedented. They obviously see safety as a value."

  • "NSSGA is again showing its leadership. There is one key phrase in the agreement that truly sums up this pact: 'We need a culture of prevention.'"

  • "This agreement signals a new era of cooperation between the aggregates industry and government."

  • Both groups will work to promote a national dialogue on mine safety and health by sharing information on best practices or effective approaches to eliminating mining hazards, as jointly determined by MSHA and NSSGA. The alliance will conduct this dialogue with others in the mining industry through individual or joint outreach.

  • Alert - Think and Stay Alert on the Job
       - June 2014
  • Best practices to avoid accidents, injuries, and falls caused by carelessness

  • Alert - Machinery Accidents
       - June 2014
  • Best practices to avoid accidents when using machinery

  • Alert - Non-Powered Hand Tools Accidents
       - June 2014
  • Safety tips for using manual tools

  • Alert - Powered Haulage Accidents
       - June 2014
  • Best practices to avoid potential accidents and injuries caused by powered haulage

  • Alert - Materials Handling Accidents
       - June 2014
  • Best practices to avoid injuries associated with -- lifting, pulling, pushing, or shoveling stone, sand, or gravel, and all types of materials handling.

  • Alert - Slips, Trips, & Falls Accidents
       - June 2014
  • Best practices to prevent injuries caused by slipping, tripping, or falling.

  • Agreement [120 kb - PDF]


  • News Releases
  • 02/11/2003
    MSHA, NSSGA Form Innovative Mine Safety Alliance

  • 10/11/2005
    MSHA Develops Core Safety Principles in Alliance with National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

  • "Safety Pro in a Box"
    Please accept the compliance assistance materials that form the basis of the concept of a "Safety Pro in a Box." This is intended to provide meaningful compliance assistance to new operators in the aggregates industry.

  • Core Principles of a Safety Program


  • The MSHA-NSSGA Alliance has developed a series of training documents designed for short safety meetings at mine sites. The 'Rip & Share Safety Handouts' were developed by a data mining team, which analyzed accidents at all metal and non-metal mines, and are aimed at helping mine operators and miners identify and control the types of hazards that are resulting in accidents at their mines. The documents are ideal training tools for all aggregate operators, and other metal and nonmetal operators, to hold safety and health discussions for their miners at the mine site.

  • Safe Welder
  • Training
  • Statistics


  • Alert - Stored Energy
       - February 2014
  • Failure to recognize and control stored energy injures, disables and kills miners at stone, sand and gravel operations.

  • Best Practices - Think Safety and Carry a Big Stick
       - December 2013
  • With winter upon us, many parts of the country will experience inclement weather. The temptation to ignore rules pertaining to securing rail cars rises during periods of foul weather.

  • Alert - Non-Powered Hand Tools Hazard Alert
       - September 2013
  • In 2012, 227 accidents resulted from the use of non-powered hand tools at stone, sand and gravel operations. These accidents accounted for 15 percent of the total injuries reported at these operations.

  • Alert - Slips, Trips, Falls Alert
       - August 2013
  • In 2012, 329 accidents classified as Slips, Trips or Falls occurred at stone, sand and gravel operations.
  • Alert - Material Handling Injuries Alert
       - June 2013
  • In 2012, 578 Handling Material accidents occurred at stone, sand and gravel operations.
  • Alert - Powered Haulage at Aggregate Operations
       - March 2013
  • In 2012, there were 112 accidents classified as powered haulage at stone, sand, and gravel operations. These accidents account for more than seven percent of the total injuries at aggregates operations.

  • Alert - Slips, Trips & Falls Hazard
       - November 2012
  • In 2011, 25 percent of all aggregates sector injuries were due to a slip or fall. During this period, about 400 persons fell or lost their footing and suffered an injury.

  • Alert - Machinery Hazard Alert
       - August 2012
  • In 2011, 156 persons were injured working with machinery. These accidents represent 10 percent of those that occurred in the aggregates sector.

  • Alert - Injuries at Aggregate Operations
       - July 2011
  • In 2010, approximately 1,700 injuries occurred at stone, sand and gravel operations

  • Alert - Aggregate Contractor Fatalities
       - March 2011
  • Use Fall Protection and Block Equipment Against Motion

  • NSSGA Web Site