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.
"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.