Presented by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, this annual conference proved to be very informative with topics of critical interest to aggregate miners, supervisors and safety professionals in Illinois and surrounding states.  Most of these presentations are available for download below.


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Risk Tolerance - Joe McGuire, Oldcastle Materials Cessford Construction. Having a strong safety program is essential but in the end, individual employees are responsible for identifying and mitigating hazards which could lead to unwanted events in the workplace. We know some employees do this better than others and we also know that some of our co-workers are willing to tolerate more risk when performing a task than others. This is called risk tolerance. This program will look at definitions of risk tolerance and how it might be perceived by employees with the goal of helping them understand the consequences of taking risks and what they can do to lower their tolerance for risk.

Embracing Effective Communication Skills that Drive Safety Excellence - Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services. Building trust in throughout all levels of your organization is a cornerstone to achieving safety excellent. Although most organizations tell employees to speak up if they see unsafe conditions or other employees committing at-risk behaviors, few have actually trained employees on how to deliver or receive feedback. There are numerous barriers that exist, preventing employees from speaking up. Too often many employees withhold their safety concerns because they’re afraid of the consequences of speaking up and many of us misconstrue concern as criticism. This presentation will teach the fundamental steps of effectively giving and receiving safety feedback.

MSHA’s Priority Issues and Safety Concerns (More) (More)– Pat Kirk, MSHA Peru Field Office Supervisor

Rigging Safety – Jack Pieper, Rockford Rigging. Using product samples, Jack will provide basic application information for safe lifting beginning with inspection and retirement criteria then proper use to abide by MSHA and OSHA standards. Jack has been a NCCCO Certified Rigger for 6 years and sales manager at Rockford Rigging for sixteen years.

Blasting Safety - Mark Murray, Buckley Powder, will address fly rock causes and alleviation/protective measures, dust and gases, lightning hazards, guarding the blast area, and principal causes of blasting accidents.

Supervisor Responsibilities - Ryan Seelke, Law firm of Steelman, Gaunt & Horsefield, will address Section 110 liability, agents of the operator, workplace exams, and topics pertinent to the nature of special investigations these days. His presentation will be focused on interaction and practical day to day principles rather than legal theory.

Safety, Employee Engagement And Fun: Perfect Combination For Safety Success - Billy Powell, Smith & Nephew. Learn a creative, engaging, outside-the-box way to get employees motivated, energized and ready to listen about all aspects of safety. Known as “Mr. Safety,” Billy Powell is a dynamic and humorous motivational speaker who has successfully used his unique, passionate and proven safety message for nearly 27 years. Bill has a deep-rooted understanding of manufacturing and will share why manufacturing is in his blood, but safety is his passion.

“Interactive Workstations at Annual Refresher Training” Innovative Safety & Health Leadership Program – Jason Schlee, Vulcan Materials. “Ultimately, having effective training is one of the first lines of defense when it comes to injury prevention,” according to Jason Schlee, Vulcan’s safety and health manager for Illinois. You will learn about and experience this program which encourages active participation in annual refresher training by creating a learning environment where there is a higher probability of understanding, retaining, and applying of the information presented.

Electrical and Fire Safety: “The Magic of Fire” – Gary Wangler, a MSHA instructor from Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, will help you understand the benefits of electricity to society and mining in particular as well as its destructive power and dangers in the workplace.

Fall Protection – Denver Smiddy, MSA Confined Space Specialist, will lead a classroom training focusing on the proper fundamentals, best practices, and new technology of fall protection. The classroom training will be followed by a demonstration showing live drop tests and how to properly select and don MSA fall protection products.