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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Self Contained Self Rescuer Training

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Underground
Category: Training

As we are all aware, mine disasters can happen. That is why it is so important to practice your training until it becomes a habit. An important question, therefore, needs answered to increase your chances of surviving a mine disaster. Can you put on your SCSR in a smoke filled environment?

Jeff Bennett of Brooks Run Mining trains miners to don SCSR's while blind folded or by placing some duct tape over a pair of goggles before opening up the rescue unit. They are also evaluated by their peers as to how quickly and correctly they get themselves isolated from atmospheric conditions. Using a dark room or simulated smoke is another good way to duplicate a disaster scenario too. Experience tells us, that if this is done enough times, it will become a habit.

Self Contained Self Rescuer Training

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Jeff Bennett,
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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Issued: 03/16/2006
Tag # AP2006- 92339