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MSHA and others to perform mine rescue exercise

By |  April 6, 2015

On April 8, representatives from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), CONSOL Energy, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Special Medical Response Team will perform a join mine rescue exercise at the Harvey Mine in West Finley, Penn.

During the exercise, MSHA representatives will test its new Mine Emergency Operations response system. The rescue communication system, which can also be used in underground aggregate operations, has the ability to track the movements of underground mine rescue teams on digital maps. It also uses cameras to transmit information to the command center and monitors the presence and levels of underground gases.

“Mine rescue teams will now be able to communicate directly with the surface command center and have explorations mapped in real time,” says Joseph Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “The old method of relaying the results of exploration through multiple persons—almost like a ‘Pony Express’ system that often led to miscommunication—is over.”

Allison Kral

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Allison Kral is the former senior digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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