Mark Gross from Cold Spring Granite has been awarded the 2021 MMSA Excellence in Mine Safety Award.  Mark designed a “backstop” to protect his fellow workers while processing waste rock. The fact that Mark created this device for the protection of his subordinates speaks highly of his attitude toward safety for the frontline employee doing their everyday tasks. Also, the fact that this was accomplished utilizing the material “at hand” without huge capital investment, makes this now a standard Personal Protection Device, worthy of receiving the 2021 Excellence in Mine Safety Award.