Pontotoc has always been a safe, responsible supplier of sand and stone
As a supplier of industrial sand, crushed limestone, and high-quality frac sand, Pontotoc Sand and Stone is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our employees, our customers, and the environment. Our goal is social responsibility in everything we do, from employee safety to sustainable practices, and we reach this goal by incorporating training, engineering controls, and administrative controls throughout our process to control hazards.
We take responsibility for the safety of our employees and we are committed to a workplace that has zero incidents, zero injuries, and zero illnesses for the worker.
Safety begins with a solid foundation of knowledge and best practices. Quality training is our first line of defense against hazards to our employees.
Pontotoc understands that the operation of a silica mine requires being up to date on safety initiatives. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announces yearly safety initiatives in response to safety topics for mines. Three major topics that impact Pontotoc are:
Surface mining vehicles can be several stories tall and can destroy smaller vehicles that cannot be seen by the operator. Traffic controls, training, and the avoidance of distractions are key to enhancing safety.
Warning systems such as chimes can remind drivers to buckle up, and interlock systems can prevent the vehicle from moving if the belt is unbuckled.
Belt conveyors and their components pose serious risks to miners working on or around them. It’s important to install adequate guarding to prevent contact, provide and use crossovers and cross unders, and lock out energy sources and block motion whenever performing maintenance.
For companies like Pontotoc that mine and transport frac sand, silica dust is a major safety focus. From mine to transport to the wellsite, large volumes of silica sand will produce silica dust that poses a risk to health and equipment if not properly managed and contained.
Pontotoc follows all OSHA regulations for permissible limits of silica dust over an eight-hour workday. Dust mitigation can take many forms, but we use covered conveyors and enclosed transfer points to prevent dust from escaping during the transfer process from our stockpiles to trucks. Silica dust can also be ingested by equipment, which results in shorter equipment life and frequent breakdowns.