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NSSGA, MSHA Join in Ground-breaking Mine Safety Alliance.

ORLANDO, Fla – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and the U. S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have entered a new alliance aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses at U. S. aggregate operations.

"This is the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the aggregates industry and the federal government," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "As the aggregates industry observes the 100th anniversary of its national presence, this alliance reaffirms that NSSGA members value their workers as their greatest asset."

Signed today at NSSGA's Centennial Convention in Orlando, Fla., the agreement calls for the two organizations to work closely together on the promotion of safe working conditions, the development of effective miner training programs and the expansion of mine safety and health outreach and communication.

"I am especially pleased about this partnership to promote safety and health in the stone, sand and gravel industry," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "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."

Under the agreement, NSSGA will work jointly with MSHA to develop training and education programs aimed at reducing mine hazards as well as dissemination of information on mine safety and health at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media. NSSGA will cooperate with MSHA to evaluate applied engineering to improve mine safety.

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, with others in the mining industry through individual or joint outreach.

"I'm proud that we have reached this agreement because it's the first of its kind in the mining industry," said Lauriski. "NSSGA is again showing its leadership."

The NSSGA, based near the nation's capital, is the world's largest construction material association by product volume, representing 800 member companies and approximately 120,000 working men and women in the aggregates industry. During 2001, a total of about 2.75 billion metric tons of crushed stone, sand and gravel, valued at $14.5 billion, were produced and sold in the United States.

Carolina Ceramics Project Wins Golden Trowel Award

EAST ORANGE, NJ – Carolina Ceramics has won a suppliers award from the International Masonry Institute. The New Jersey Trowel Award was presented for "Best of Educational: Colleges/Universities" in the state of New Jersey for supplying brick products used in the Jules C. Plangere, Jr. Center for Communication & Instructional Technology Carolina Ceramics brick was used extensively throughout the project located on the campus of Monmouth College.

The Golden Trowel Award recognizes design and construction excellence for New Jersey's top architects, union contractors, as well as project owners ad building materials suppliers.

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