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Perspectives from the West Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety and Training(MHS&T)

Emergency Preparedness Summit

September 27, 2006


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MHS&T Safety and Training

  • 110 employees

  • 739 mines, quarries and coal handling facilities

  • approximately 2,500 independent contractors

  • Mines ranging in thickness from 28 inches to ~ 10 feet

  • Reported employeesNumber of UG Permits

    1-36 51

    37-50 24

    51-75 29

    76+ 30

    134

  • Could be 65 New Mine Rescue Teams from MSHA


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Senate Bill No. 247 Safety and Training

  • Passed January 23, 2006

  • Created the Mine and Industrial Accident Rapid Response System

  • 24-hour-a-day statewide telephone number established by the Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. (866-987-2338) or 866-WVSAFET(Y)

  • Essentially eliminated the W65 self rescuer


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Senate Bill No. 247 Safety and Training

  • The Director of the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training shall impose, a civil administrative penalty of one hundred thousand dollars on the operator if it is determined that the operator or the mine foremen in charge of the mine failed to give immediate notice (within 15 minutes).

  • Many other penalties prescribed

  • The penalties set forth in this article (2) enacted during the regular session of the Legislature in January, two thousand six, shall become effective the first day of July, two thousand six.


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Senate Bill No. 247 Safety and Training

  • SCSR Caches

  • Lifelines

  • Strobe lights

  • wireless emergency communication device shall be worn by each person underground (…shall, at a minimum, be capable of receiving emergency communications from the surface at any location throughout the mine)


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Senate Bill No. 247 Safety and Training

  • wireless tracking device shall be worn by each person underground. (…the tracking device shall, at a minimum, be capable of providing real-time monitoring of the physical location of each person underground)


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Emergency Rule Safety and Training

  • Filed 2/1/06, by Former Director/Governor’s legal staff

  • Required 16 SCSRs per person to be cached

  • Many other issues lacking practicality/detail


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Amended Rules Safety and Training

  • Filed 2/27/06

  • Two additional SCSRs provided for all individuals reasonably expected to be on working sections be stored within 500 feet of the nearest working face.

  • For outby areas: One (1) additional SCSR shall be maintained for every individual reasonably expected to be inby such cache and such outby caches shall be maintained at a distance not to exceed 30 minutes apart in accordance with MSHA's distance/seam height formula


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Amended Rules Safety and Training

  • A special Mine Safety Technology Task Force is created who will recommend the specific requirements for rescue shelters /chambers, mine communications and tracking devices.

  • The Task Force is comprised of six (6) members with an equal number of representatives of management and labor. The Director of the Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training will serve as an ex-officio Chairman of the Task Force.


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Amended Rules Safety and Training

  • Within Ninety (90) days, the Task Force shall develop the requirements for rescue shelter/chambers, mine communications and tracking devices and shall issue a report containing its findings and recommendations for implementation, compliance and enforcement plans for the requirements contained herein to the Director.


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Emergency Rule Making Safety and Training

  • File Emergency Rule (2/1/06)

  • File Amended Rule (2/27/06)

  • Within 30 days of original filing, file Notice of Public Hearing (2/28/06)

  • Minimum of 30 day comment period (3/31/06)

  • Within 90 days of original filing, file Agency approved rule (5/1/06) Task Force report 5/29/06


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Emergency Rule Making Safety and Trainingcontinued

  • Within 90 days of original filing, file Agency approved rule (5/1/06)

    • Note in summary to the Legislative Rule Making Committee (LRMC) that the Task Force created in the amended emergency rule has not completed its report at the time of filing

  • After Task Force Report, File Modification to Rule with LRMC

  • Review by LRMC, if recommended modifications, file modified rule

  • To legislature

  • If passed 60 days to file final rule w/ SOS


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Agency Approved Rule Safety and Training

  • One cache shall be placed at a readily available location within five hundred (500) feet of the nearest working face in each working section of the mine. One cache shall be placed at a readily available location within five hundred (500) feet of each active construction or rehabilitation site within the mine. Distances greater than five hundred (500) feet not to exceed one thousand (1000) feet are permitted; however, where miners are provided with personal SCSRs rated for less than sixty (60) minutes, travel to these caches is not to exceed five (5) minutes as determined by the height/travel time chart.


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Task Force Charge Safety and Training

  • Study the commercial availability and capabilities of self contained self rescuers, emergency shelters/chambers, wireless communications devices and wireless tracking devices as required under the emergency rule.  The task force also will study issues related to the implementation, compliance and enforcement of the safety requirements of the emergency rule. 


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Task Force Members Safety and Training

  • Dale Birchfield, Foundation Coal

  • Theodore Hapney, UMWA

  • Terry Hudson, Peabody

  • Todd Moore, CONSOL Energy

  • Gary Trout, UMWA

  • Stephen Webber, UMWA

  • Randall Harris, Facilitator


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Task Force Recommendations Safety and Training

  • Addressed

    ·SCSR Caches

    ·EMERGENCY SHELTERS/ CHAMBERS

    ·COMMUNICATIONS/TRACKING

    ·LIFELINES

    • Also looked at w/ BCMH&S

      ·SEISMIC LOCATING DEVICES

      ·MINE RESCUE TEAMS


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Preventive Measures Safety and Training

  • Taskforce report and resulting rules with additional detail may be found at:

  • www.wvminesafety.org

  • Have a Plan

  • Practice the Plan

  • Evaluate the Plan

  • Equipment manufacturers/others can Assist with best practices & ideas


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Mine Rescue - Response Safety and Training

  • Two State Mine Rescue Stations

  • Rapid Seismic Deployment (4)

  • Second Mine Rescue Vehicle

  • Increase to a total of 4 state Mine Rescue Teams (2 per station)

  • Map copiers

  • Satellite Communications

  • Improved Equipment


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Mine Rescue - Response Safety and Training

  • Provided for increased compensation for mine rescue members $32 to $250/month

  • Work ongoing to create a Emergency Preparedness Manual for Mine Operators & Agency Personnel

  • Require 96 hours of training annually

  • 5 Safety Instructors for Mine Rescue Training

  • Need $ to complete the plan!!


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Summary Safety and Training

  • Have a Plan

  • Practice the Plan

  • Evaluate the Plan

    • Look for new technology

    • Evaluate competing technology quantitatively where possible

  • In the case of an event, manufacturers can play a critical supporting role

  • Time is your Enemy


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Other Information: Safety and Trainingwww.wvminesafety.org

Jim Dean

Director, Mining Extension Service

West Virginia University

[email protected]

304-293-4211 ext. 3813


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