MSHA Awards $1M to Fund Mine Safety, Emergency Response Training

By Roy Maurer Sep 29, 2014

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) awarded $1 million to fund training programs on safety and emergency preparedness in underground mines.

MSHA announced that seven organizations will receive the awards through its Brookwood-Sago grants program.

“Training is the key for proper, safe and effective emergency response,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “The programs funded by these federal grants will enable miners working underground to be better prepared in the event of a mine emergency,” he said.

Training grants are awarded for a 12-month performance period, and applicants must be state governments or nonprofit entities. The grants program was established in 2006. It is named in remembrance of 13 men who died in two explosions in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001, and 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Tallmansville, W.Va., in 2006.

The seven recipients include:

  • The United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc., receiving $183,575 for the development of a regional mine rescue team competition and other training opportunities, which include mine rescue skills training.
  • The Colorado School of Mines, receiving $183,552 in funding to provide training to mine rescue teams. The training will focus on the development of advanced mine rescue skills using multiple training modalities.
  • The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, receiving $165,364 in grant funding to provide training programs and materials for mine emergency prevention and mine emergency preparedness of underground miners.
  • The University of Arizona in Tucson, receiving $136,906 in grant funding for improving miner preparedness and in-emergency resiliency using multiplayer emergency response simulations.
  • The Center for Strategic Management Public Leadership Institute Inc., receiving $128,439 in grant funding for training in coal mine emergency preparedness and prevention in the following subject areas: self-assessments, continuous monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of risk, readiness and preparedness models.
  • The Pennsylvania State University in State College, receiving $109,917 to develop an education and training toolbox for coal mine rescue instructors and mine rescue team members.
  • Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill., receiving $92,247 to create a mine emergency prevention and preparedness project. This includes providing mine rescue team members training experience through a mine rescue skills competition.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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