Agency Activities and Accomplishments
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2001 Activities and Accomplishments
Dozer Stockpile Regulations Save a life.
Title 36, Series 27 Section 5.1(b) 1-5 requires the enclosed cab be equipped with strengthened glass and/or a window support system. A two-way communications system with a back-up system, two self-contained self-rescuers, and a means of emergency lighting for the mobile equipment operator must be provided. Also, a remote control device to stop the flow of coal from the stockpile and to stop the coal coming onto the stockpile must be in the cab and tested weekly. View the photo below of a dozer entrapped in a coal stockpile. The operator was saved by the strengthened glass in the cab.
the end of May, the Fairmont and Buckhannon Offices will have merged.
The combined offices are moving to a new location in south Fairmont.
The new office is in the Marion Square shopping center and offers plenty
of room and parking. The Buckhannon
Office will move first, around the 15th of the month, with the
Fairmont Office moving the next week.
Board Of Coal Mine Health and Safety has issued a new regulation concerning the
operation of track haulage locomotives. Copies
of the new regulation have been mailed to all underground operations for
comment. The effective date of the
new regulation is August 15, 2002
For the first time, a pre-shift examiners competition will be held during the 2002 State Mine Rescue Contest. Any certified person from any state may enter. Contestants will be judged on their ability to make a proper pre-shift examination in a timely manner, checking for ventilation, roof conditions and any other hazards to the on-coming crew. The “Fireboss” will examine part of the mine and then fill out his pre-shift report, and will be graded on both parts.
In response to the increased number of fatal mining accidents in West Virginia during 2001, Governor Wise requested that all relevant state agencies make a joint effort to reverse this trend. The OMHST, enlisted the assistance of field inspection personnel from the Division of Environmental Protection. The two agencies have implemented a mutual assistance program. In April, joint training sessions were conducted at various locations for all OMHST and WVDEP inspection personnel.
40hr Program on CD
and WVU Mining Extension Office have recently released a CD containing the
revised 40-hour Surface Apprentice Miner Program. The program is in a Power Point format and is being made
available to trainers statewide. Currently
in production is a revision to the 80- hour Underground Apprentice program. It
will also be released in the Power Point format, as will most future training
programs produced by MHS&T.
In mid February, our mine rescue team went through a week of hazardous material (hazmat) training at the Mine Academy in Beckley. Not only were the classroom sessions long and difficult, but at the end of the week the team had to go through a very tough simulation. The simulation took place at the old turnpike tunnel, now known as the Center for National Response’s Memorial Tunnel complex. The scenario was of a large building collapse and an attempt to rescue survivors. This was a pilot traning project to see how mine rescue teams could be utilized in these types of disasters. The drill was by all accounts extremely difficult, and very realistic.
2001 Activities and Accomplishments
25th Anniversary of the Mine Safety and Health Administration Academy
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training employees took part in the 25th anniversary celebration of the MSHA Academy. Members of the mine rescue team demonstrated rescue equipment and techniques as well as mine-fire fighting abilities.
Fire Fighting Demonstration Mine Rescue Demonstration Mine Rescue Equipment
New Electrical Regulation
New rules and regulations governing the standards for certification of coal mine electricians in the state of West Virginia were filed. For more information go to: electrical. certification regulations.
Mine Inspectors Examination
The Mine Inspectors
Examination was conducted in July and August by the Mine Inspectors Examining
Board. New rosters of applicants for Underground Inspector, Safety
Instructor and Surface Mine inspector were produced.
Roof Control SeminarAll MHS&T roof control inspectors attended a roof control seminar at the Mine Health and Safety Academy, Beckley WV on May 30 and 31. Representatives from NIOSH, MSHA, and MSHA’s Technical Support group provided information about remote control mining, ATRS extensions, pull tests, multiple-seam mining, and a roof bolt jam nut problem that could only be observed after a roof fall occurred.
Mine Rescue Contests
Throughout the summer MHS&T safety staff helped organize and judge Mine Rescue contests throughout West Virginia and several neighboring states.
Mine Rescue Contest WVMHS&T Rescue Team 2000 Bench Contest
MHS&T at State Fair of West Virginia (August 2001)
Again this year, volunteers from Charleston and every regional office staffed our booth at the State Fair of West Virginia. Our efforts were well received, as a continuous coal-related video was presented, souvenirs were given out and coal mine safety and the future of coal was discussed with many interested persons. Below are photographs of our booth at the fair.
New Safety Videos
A new training video has been produced and distributed to all mines in the state. The video shows details of fatals 1- 6 of 2001. It also includes introductory remarks by Governor Wise.
The two latest safety films available from MHS&T are “Dozer Stockpile Safety” and “Highwall Mining”. The stockpile safety video came about as a result of several accidents involving dozers becoming trapped in stockpiles with underground feeders. The film focuses on the enclosed cabs of the dozers and how the now- required strengthened glass and other safety features protects the operator if the dozer should become entrapped.
The second film concerns one of the newest surface mining techniques – Highwall Miners. There are approximately 15 of these machines now operational in the state with more installations planned. A Highwall Miner is a hybrid cross of an auger and a continuous miner. Using a continuous miner head, coal recovery is much greater than with a conventional auger and the depth of the cut may be as deep as 900 feet. This video shows a Highwall Miner in operation and details the safety hazards associated with these machines.
For more information concerning these videos and all training films produced by this agency go to: Multimedia Resources
District 5 requested that our agency provide thermal dryer training for their
mine inspectors. Clark Gillian, inspector in the Region 4 office, traveled to
MSHA’s District 5 in Norton, Virginia and provided the training there.
Eleven MSHA and seven Virginia mine inspectors attended the weeklong
class given in early March. Students
learned about the five McNally and the three ENI thermal dryers operating in
southwest Virginia through 21 hours of classroom training. MSHA reports the
training provided by our agency was well received and very helpful.
Mountaineer Guardian Awards (January 2001
The 2000 Mountaineer Guardian Awards were presented at the 28 th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium (sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association Inc.) on February 15, 2001 during a luncheon ceremony. For more information follow this link: Mountaineer Guardian Awards.
The new safety precautions for dozers working on coal stockpiles will become effective January 1, 2001. Title 36, Series 27 Section 5.1(b) 1-5 requires the enclosed cab be equipped with strengthened glass and/or a window support system. A two-way communications system with a back-up system, two self-contained self-rescuers, and a means of emergency lighting for the mobile equipment operator must be provided. Also, a remote control device to stop the flow of coal from the stockpile and to stop the coal coming onto the stockpile must be in the cab and tested weekly.
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