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Mining department to create safety video

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will be working at the Alpha Natural Resources Running Right Leadership Academy in Julian, to develop a training video “to help ensure miners working underground and at the surface of a deep mine are properly prepared in the event of an underground emergency,” according to a DMME press release.

Brookwood-Sago grant

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded a US$ 50 000 grant to DMME for the project through the Brookwood-Sago grant programme. This grant programme is part of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) act of 2006, passed in memory of miners who lost their lives in mine explosions in Brookwood and Sago.

DMME also received a Brookwood-Sago grant in 2011, and developed a video to train underground coal miners how to react in an emergency. DMME’s training video received the grand prize in MSHA’s 17th Annual Training Materials Competition.

“Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to host the production of the video at their new training centre,” Randy Moore, chief of the DMME Division of Mines was quoted as stating in a press release. “This location provides us with a great location to shoot the video and also allows us to demonstrate one of the types of training that eventually will be available to the mining industry at [Alpha’s] academy.”

Mine safety technologies

The Alpha Running Right Academy in Julian opened earlier in June this year. The academy features a 136 000 ft2 campus that has classroom space for 300 people, with a 96 000 ft2 lab that can simulate mine situations and conditions, labs for electrical, welding and maintenance skills training, the latest mine safety technologies, including air flow sensors and multi-gas hand held detectors, a command centre for mine rescue and emergency preparedness training, and facilities and equipment for supervisory leadership skill training.

Alpha announced on 6th November that the company recently earned national and state recognition for mine safety performance, safety technology development and surface mine restoration.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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