MSHA awards $250K in grants toward mine safety

By |  May 24, 2017

The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) awarded $250,000 in Brookwood-Sago grants to five organizations to develop training programs and materials to better identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions around mines.

According to MSHA, a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 established the Brookwood-Sago grant program to promote safety and honor the 13 men who died in 2001 at the Jim Walter Resources No. 5 mine in Brookwood, Alabama, and the 12 men who died in 2006 at the Sago Mine in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The grant recipients include the Colorado Department of Natural Resources in Denver, which received $50,000 to promote and provide innovative and realistic mine rescue training; Illinois Eastern Community College in Olney, Illinois, which received $50,000 to provide advanced mine rescue and basic firefighting techniques for mine rescue teams; Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Sandersville, Georgia, which received $50,000 to develop and provide confined space training that will focus on recognizing, evaluating and controlling safety and health hazards; Penn State University, which received $50,000 to develop education and training materials for MSHA instructors and new underground stone miners; and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy in Big Stone Gap, which received 50,000 to provide training and educational materials designed to prevent unsafe working environments.

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