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MSHA Media Advisory: [08/24/2006]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 06-1500-ATL

MSHA to Demo First Approved Proximity Protection System for Mines

CLAY, Ky. - On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and members of the mining industry will demonstrate the first government-approved proximity protection system at the Gamma Services International (GSI) headquarters facility in Clay, Ky.

The TramGuard® system, the result of a joint venture between GSI and Geosteering Mining Services, provides remote control continuous mining machines with automatic proximity detection and shutdown to guard against mine personnel being run over, crushed or pinned when they are positioned in a hazardous area. Since 1984, there have been 29 fatal accidents related to the use of remote-control continuous mining machines.

Event: Demonstration of TramGuard® Proximity Protection System
Participants: Mine Safety and Health Administration
Gamma Services International
Geosteering Mining Services
Date:Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006
Time:10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location:948 Nall Street
Clay, Ky.

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