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Eagle Creek Mine Tabletop Exercise. C enter for Educational Technologies ® Wheeling Jesuit University . Tabletop Exercises. Are discussion-based exercises. Offer a low-stress environment for examining roles and responsibilities.

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eagle creek mine tabletop exercise

Eagle Creek Mine Tabletop Exercise

Center for Educational Technologies®

Wheeling Jesuit University

tabletop exercises
Tabletop Exercises

Are discussion-based exercises.

Offer a low-stress environment for examining roles and responsibilities.

Typically highlight plans, policies, procedures, and interagency agreements.

Are a good way to acquaint personnel with emergency responsibilities and with one another.

Take advantage of varied experiences and diverse perspectives.

exercise roles
Exercise Roles

Facilitators present the scenario, moderate the discussion, monitor the pace of the exercise, and pose questions to the participants.

Participants respond to situations presented in the emergency scenario based on current plans and procedures used by their organization as well as their knowledge and experience.

Sometimes evaluatorsmay assist the facilitator by observing and recording key issues discussed during the exercise.

exercise objectives
Exercise Objectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the mine’s routine, nonroutine, and emergency procedures in responding to scenario-specific situations.
  • Practice responses to both routine and emergency incidents in a secure, low-stress environment.
  • Become more aware of communication protocol in both routine and emergency situations.
  • Discuss the decision-making process used during response to a mine emergency.
  • Identify areas where plans, procedures, or capabilities may need improvement in a secure environment.
  • Gain confidence in dealing with nonroutine and emergency situations.
exercise guidelines
Exercise Guidelines

This is not a test!

Respond to the scenario based on your knowledge of your mine’s current plans, procedures, capabilities, and assets.

Varying viewpoints are not only OK, but expected.

Problem-solving should be the focus. Suggestions that could improve response and preparedness are more valuable than placing blame.

This is an opportunity to discuss multiple options and possible solutions, but decisions are not precedent setting and may not reflect your organization’s final position on an issue.

exercise assumptions
Exercise Assumptions

It is a typical workday at the mine.

There are no unusual events or extraneous mining operations occurring in addition to what is presented in the situation updates.

There is no hidden agenda and there are no trick questions.

eagle creek mine normal day
Eagle Creek Mine – Normal Day?

The Eagle Creek mining complex, owned by CoalCon Resources, has three bituminous coal mines in West Virginia. The Number 2 Mine began continuous miner development in April 2005 and longwall mining later that fall. The mine produces medium-sulfur coal from under its 8,900 acres and employs 650 miners.

It is 5:35 a.m. on a typical Sunday at work at the Number 2 Mine. You hear from another miner that the belt at Crosscut 54 is running rough, but still running.

Shortly after, you learn that an electrical problem has affected the ventilation flow on the operating longwall.

atmosphere alerts
Atmosphere Alerts

The atmosphere gets dustier, and visibility is definitely reduced. The carbon dioxide reading is up in some parts of the mine, and the methane reading is at 1.30%.

incident and injuries
Incident and Injuries

You expect to receive a report on the ventilation flow. Instead, you are told that a roof fall has occurred on the headgateend of the longwall, some 2.5 miles inby from the mains on the startup of the longwall. The resulting airblastinjured miners working at the longwall section.

exercise debrief
Exercise Debrief

Note problem or gray areas that require further clarification.

Allow participants to give feedback on the exercise and the decisions they made.

Record any recommendations for improvements or after-action items decided upon by participants.

exercise debrief1
Exercise Debrief

Review exercise objectives to determine whether they were met by the exercise.

Note any creative problem solving beyond current plans and procedures.

Determine whether there were any lessons learned that are suitable for sharing with other responders or other mines.


Development of this scenario was supported by Grant Number 1H75OH009822-01 REVISED from the CDC-NIOSH. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC-NIOSH.

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