Mines receives $90,000 in Brookwood-Sago mine safety grants

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 2 — Colorado School of Mines has been awarded $90,000 by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as part of $500,000 in awards to six organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry.

The Brookwood-Sago grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, and fiscal year 2009's funding will target the development and implementation of training and training materials for mine emergency preparedness and haulage safety.
 
Mines will use the grant to focus on incident command center and mine rescue training, and develop computer simulation training and field exercises through the use of training simulators.

"Although the training services of the six grant recipients will be targeted toward underground coal mines, MSHA opened up the application process this year to metal and nonmetal mines," said Dr. Gregory R. Wagner, MSHA's deputy assistant secretary for policy. "Ultimately, our goal is the same: To identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around all mines."

Other recipients include:
  • United Mine Workers of America Career Centers was awarded $103,000 to develop training materials which will include command, control and critical thinking.
  • Pennsylvania State University was awarded $153,000 to design, develop and implement a mine emergency training program on refuge alternatives that uses a multi-media approach.
  • Rend Lake College of Ina, Ill., was awarded $50,000 for the re-establishment of its coal miner training program in southern Illinois.
  • The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy was awarded $54,000 for its mine emergency fire fighting training program, which will include certifying miners, especially at smaller mines.
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources was awarded $50,000 for the development of DVDs and online training materials on the use, care and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatuses, and the roles and responsibilities of mine rescue team members.
 
Training grants are awarded for a 12-month project performance period, and applicants must be states or nonprofit entities. The grants were named in remembrance of the 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001 and 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Buchannon, W.Va., in 2006.

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Contact:
Amy Louviere, MSHA / 202-693-9423
Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu
Marsha Williams, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications / 303-273-3326 / marswill@mines.edu

 

 

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