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MSHA News Release No. 95-020
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

May 26, 1995


More realistic emergency simulations, improved miner training, and creation of a mine rescue working group are among the recommendations for improving mine emergency response presented in the recently-issued report of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Mine Emergency Preparedness Conference held earlier this year.

"The men and women who spend their time and energy in the area of mine rescue are a special breed of miners," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health J. Davitt McAteer. "Mine rescue work is the highest form of selfless commitment occurring in the mining industry. People from every sector of the mining community, including those from coal, salt, and trona mines, convened to look at the state of our preparedness."

Approximately 280 people attended the conference, held January 27-28 at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy, Beckley, W.Va. Participants included corporate officials, industry and labor representatives, mine rescue team members, state mining officials, educators, and government and industry officials from several nations, as well as federal-agency personnel.

The report, summarizing the views and recommendations of participants, covers nine major subjects addressed at the meeting: mine rescue teams; financing the mine rescue function; regulatory requirements; in-mine preparedness; rescue equipment; communications and counseling responsibilities; maximizing effectiveness of mine rescue contests; self-contained self- rescuers; and liability issues.

Single copies of the report on the Mine Emergency Preparedness Conference are available free of charge from the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, W.Va. Phone: 304-256-3257.