New Safety Resource Available on Natural Stone University

MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute
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Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, June 27, 2017—MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that a new safety training resource, “Basics of Natural Stone Handling: The Fall Shadow,” has been added to the Natural Stone University. This eight-minute video highlights several stone handling scenarios where the fall shadow becomes an important factor for personnel safety. The video includes four learning modules:

  • Understanding the importance of stone’s physical properties: size, weight, and center of gravity, as well as weaknesses, fissures, and inherent flaws.
  • Recognizing how the fall shadow changes in a number of scenarios in your facility (seven scenarios).
  • Identifying situations where your customers could be impacted by the fall shadow.
  • Understanding that there is no place for complacency in the stone industry.

2017 MIA President, Jon Lancto, commented: “This video has the potential to save the life of not just your employees, but customers as well. The courses offered on the Natural Stone University can be tracked to ensure your employees have completed and comprehended the content provided.”

This resource is presented free of charge courtesy of the MIA+BSI Safety Committee. To view this video and other valuable safety training resources, visit



MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at


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