Site Specific Hazard Awareness Training

Introduction

In compliance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 30CFR 46.11 (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f) “Site Specific Hazard Awareness Training”, the River Products Company shall provide hazard awareness training to any person(s), as defined in 30 CFR 46.12 (a)(2), who travel or work on River Products Company quarry premises.

River Products Company is committed to providing a safe environment for all personnel on company property. This presentation will outline River Products Company policies and procedures to maintain a safe working environment.

30 CFR § 46.11 Site-specific hazard awareness training.

  1. You must provide site-specific hazard awareness training before any person specified under this section is exposed to mine hazards.
  2. You must provide site-specific hazard awareness training, as appropriate, to any person who is not a miner as defined by § 46.2 of this part but is present at a mine site, including:
    1. Office or staff personnel;
    2. Scientific workers;
    3. Delivery workers;
    4. Customers, including commercial over-the-road truck drivers;
    5. Construction workers or employees of independent contractors who are not miners under § 46.2 of this part;
    6. Maintenance or service workers who do not work at the mine site for frequent or extended periods; and
    7. Vendors or visitors.
  3. You must provide miners, such as drillers or blasters, who move from one mine to another mine while remaining employed by the same production-operator or independent contractor with site-specific hazard awareness training for each mine.
  4. Site-specific hazard awareness training is information or instructions on the hazards a person could be exposed to while at the mine, as well as applicable emergency procedures. The training must address site-specific health and safety risks, such as
    • unique geologic conditions;
    • environmental conditions;
    • hazards associated with on-site electrical facilities, traffic patterns and control, powered haulage units and loading conditions;
    • posted notices and signage;
    • restricted areas and or designated areas;
    • warning procedures and signals;
    • specific safety policies and procedures;
    • emergency procedures; and site specific location maps.
  5. You may provide site-specific hazard awareness training through the use of written hazard warnings, oral instruction, signs and posted warnings, walk around training, or other appropriate means that alert persons to site-specific hazards at the mine.
  6. Site-specific hazard awareness training is not required for any person who is accompanied at all times by an experienced miner who is familiar with hazards specific to the mine site.

30 CFR § 46.12 Responsibility for independent contractor training.

  1. Each production-operator has primary responsibility for ensuring that site-specific hazard awareness training is given to employees of independent contractors who are required to receive such training under § 46.11 of this part.
  2. Each production-operator must provide information to any independent contractor who employs a person at the mine on site-specific mine hazards and the obligation of the contractor to comply with MSHA regulations, including the requirements of this part.

Unique Geologic Conditions…

Photo of a Highwall

Highwalls – the face may be bermed or blocked off and to be safe you should maintain a distance from the face equal to the height of the highwall.

View of a quarry from the edge of a highwall

The best place to be when your are positioned close to a highwall is in the cab of your vehicle, but no closer than 7’ from the top edge of the highwall unless you are outfitted with a full body harness and restraints are in place.

Environmental Conditions…

'SLOW' traffic sign

Reduce your speed according to quarry conditions. Always slow down when wet or dusty conditions exist.

Sprayer truck reducing dust by a scale house

Electrical Hazards…

Truck with dump box caught on high voltage power lines, from behind

Remember to drop your dump box when close to electrical lines…

Truck with dump box caught on high voltage power lines, from the side

...because nothing will ruin your day more than contacting a 17,000 volt power line.

Truck with dump box caught on high voltage power lines, from the front

If this should happen, the safest place you can be is in the cab of your vehicle. Stay there until help arrives.

Scales

All scale locations have an established traffic pattern. Obey it.

Some scales are accessible from either direction. If this is the case, you need to take turns weighing.

Only one (1) truck is allowed on the scale at a time. The scales will only weigh a certain number of trucks per minute.

Trucks queueing up at a scale house A single truck being weighed at a scale house A single truck being weighed at a scale house

Remember, please wait patiently as the weighmaster takes care of the customer in front of you.

  1. Most scale locations have a traffic pattern for entering and exiting.
  2. Scales can only weigh 1 truck at a time.
  3. Watch for turning trucks.

Traffic

Notable traffic signs

Obey posted traffic signs. Be cautious and courteous. Be aware of all trucks including RPC mobile equipment.

Because, you all have to share the same roads.

Traffic sign indicating left-hand traffic ahead

At certain times customers may need to enter the quarry pit to haul larger material such as riprap. RPC follows a left hand traffic pattern for pit haul roads.

Two trucks following a right hand traffic pattern

River Products Company follows a right hand traffic pattern for all haul roads except for pit haul road.

Quarry Powered Haulage…

Loaded trucks have the right-of-way. This includes RPC stockpile trucks.

Euclid R-50 Euclid R-50 (50 Ton Haul Truck)
Caterpillar 775 Caterpillar 775 (75 Ton Haul Truck)

Compared to a pickup!
Stockpile Loader Stockpile Loader
Euclid R-35 Euclid R-35 (35 Ton Haul Truck)

Loading Areas at Stockpiles…

Loader operators are instructed to load trucks from the driver’s side only. Remember, you need to back into the stockpiles for loading, except at the Riverside Sand Plant. There you are to pull in parallel to the stockpile.

REMEMBER: You are to stay in the cab of your truck while loading takes place. If for any reason you have to exit your truck, you must stay in the loader operator’s view at all times, and you must wear your hard hat. If the loader operator cannot see you, they will cease loading operations.

Safety Postings

At quarry surface operations, you must read and follow ALL safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) postings.

Restricted Areas…


Common Examples of Restricted Areas…

On Site Construction
Unused Equipment & Supplies Storage

 

Quarry Pits

Designated Areas…

Customer Maintenance Areas

Perform maintenance checks on your truck before leaving the stockpile area or after leaving the scales. And, always remember to pull out of the way of traffic.

Designated Areas for checking loads and vehicles…

A driver inspecting his truck

Conklin: Pull over areas just before the gate at Dubuque St and at First Avenue.

Klein: Just past the scale at the platform used for misting loads.

Columbus Junction: Pull away from the Stockpile/Truck loading area or West of the shop along the fence line.

A driver inspecting his truck

Keota: After pulling off scale next to entrance.

Riverside: After pulling off the scale.

Ernst: After pulling off the scale.

Warning Procedures…

Drilling equipment at work

Drilling and Blasting

Drilling is done by RPC personnel or an outside drilling company.

Blasting is performed by an explosives contractor, under the supervision of RPC personnel.

A truck blocks the entrance to the quarry, signifying that blasting is taking place.

Before blasting takes place, all quarry entrances are blocked by an RPC Supervisor and pit haul road entrances are blocked by various RPC equipment and or personnel.

Warning Signals…

An “All Clear” signal is given by a supervisor on the CB radio to allow movement in the quarry after a blast.

Plant operators are responsible for letting the employees know that the blast has occurred and the area has been given an "all clear" signal by the Supervisor. This notice is given by the sounding of a horn.

Specific Safety Policies & Procedures…

Outside Shop Areas: Watch for equipment and personnel, especially around door openings.

Iowa City Shop

Columbus Junction Shop

Klein Shop

Inside Shop Areas: Avoid slip, trip and fall hazards. Be aware of obstructions in walkways, oil or wet spots and sharp or protruding objects.

…Welding In Process

Avoid watching any welding and or grinding being done unless you are wearing approved face and eye protection.

CONKLIN QUARRY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

3263 Dubuque Street NE  Iowa City, Iowa

MSHA ID No:  13-00193

In the event of an emergency at the Conklin Quarry, please notify either the scale weighmaster via Citizen Band (CB) radio on Channel 5 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Bud Jahnke 319-354-1090
Quarry Superintendent Rick Woodburn 319-330-1963
Shop John Scott 319-351-8011
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Conklin Quarry Map

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KLEIN QUARRY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

3445 Deer Creek Road SE Iowa City, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-02251

In the event of an emergency at the Klein Quarry, please notify either the scale weighmaster via Citizen Band (CB) radio on Channel 38 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Brent Angerer 319-351-8535
Quarry Superintendent Lynn Schnoebelen 319-330-1437
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Klein Quarry Map

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STRIPPING CREW EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

3519 Deer Creek Road SE Iowa City, Iowa MSHA ID No: 13-02452

In the event of an emergency at the Stripping Area, please notify either the Site Superintendent , Klein Quarry Superintedent or the Vice President of Operations by telephone or by Citizen Band Radio (CB) Channel 38:

Superintendent Dan McFarland 319-330-1146
Klein Quarry Superintendent Jeff Mckenna 712-369-1727
Vice President of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Non RPC employees must carry on their person the River Products Company Site Specific Training Card for this area.

COLUMBUS JUNCTION QUARRY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

25781 County Road G-52 Columbus Junction, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-00194

In the event of an emergency at the Columbus Junction Quarry, please notify either the scale weighmaster via Citizen Band (CB) radio on Channel 12 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Frannie Boline 319-728-2628
Production Superintendent Alan Keep 319-330-4358
Mine Superintendant Darrell Chalupa 319-461-1138
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Columbus Junction Quarry Map

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KEOTA QUARRY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

2160 Keokuk Washington Road Keota, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-00120

In the event of an emergency at the Keota Quarry, please notify either the scale weighmaster via Citizen Band (CB) radio on Channel 7 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Arlo Graham 641-636-2150
Quarry Superintendent Corey Brown 319-430-7449
Assistant Field Operations Director Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Keota Quarry Map

ERNST QUARRY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

2805 Wapsi Avenue NE Iowa City, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-00120

In the event of an emergency at the Ernst Quarry, please notify either the scale weighmaster via Citizen Band (CB) radio on Channel 7 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Mike Conroy 319-643-5115
Production Superintendent Corey Brown 319-430-7449
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Ernst Quarry

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YOUNG AMERICA STONE YARD EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

2055 Lexington Boulevard Washington, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-00120

In the event of an emergency at the Young America Stone Yard, please notify any of the following personnel by telephone:

Scalehouse Duain Osborn 319-653-1039
Field Operations Director Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Young America Quarry Map

RIVERSIDE SAND PLANT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

5716 Harry’s Road SE Riverside, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-01821

In the event of an emergency at the Riverside Sand Plant, please notify either the scale weighmaster via CB radio on Channel 4 or any of the following by telephone:

Scalehouse Janis McNurlen 319-648-5930
Production Supervisor Larry Schluttenhofer 319-530-0511
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Riverside Sand Plant Map

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FREDONIA SAND PLANT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

13627 County Road G 40 Columbus Junction, Iowa

MSHA ID No: 13-01821

In the event of an emergency at the Fredonia Sand Plant, please notify any of the following personnel by telephone:

Scalehouse 319-728-2773
Vice Preisdent of Operations Erik Amunson 319-240-1798
Corporate Offices 319-338-1184

If you do not reach anyone at the above numbers, call 911.

Fredonia Sand Plant Map

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Training complete

This concludes the River Products Company Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training module.

Please proceed to the quiz to finish the training process.