Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo With Written Pledges
During a visit to the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (NSSGA) on Monday, November 18th, NSSGA officials presented MSHA Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo with written pledges of more than 5,000 stone, sand and gravel mining employees to wear their seatbelts while on the job to prevent accidental injury. The presentation was part of the NSSGA’s “Why Risk It? Just Click It!” campaign intended to persuade miners in their industry to consistently wear their seatbelts. MSHA reports that two fatal accidents this year were caused in part by the failure to wear seatbelts when operating mobile equipment. “I am thrilled to get this kind of commitment to safety from so many working miners, said Assistant Secretary Zatezalo, “and I thank the NSSGA for their efforts to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities at mining sites across the nation.”
The NSSGA, according to it’s website, is the leading voice and advocate for the U. S. aggregates industry. The aggregates industry is responsible for the essential raw materials found in every home, building, road, bridge and public works project and it employs approximately 100,000 highly skilled men and women.