MSHA to provide funding for miner safety and health education
Up to $100,000 will be awarded through the Brookwood-Sago grant program.
Funds are now available for miner safety and health education and training.
According to a press release, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will award up to $1,000,000 in funds to mines. The Brookwood-Sago grant program focuses on educating and training miners about “unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.”
Grants can be used for many facets of training, including creating training materials, recruiting people, and implementing training, and, according to the press release, will address a variety of topics, including:
- “Exposure to respirable dust and crystalline silica.
- Motorized transport and safety of mobile equipment.
- Mining emergency preparedness and rescue.
- Electrical safety.
- Contract truck drivers and customers.
- Improve the training of new and inexperienced miners, as well as managers and supervisors performing mining tasks.
- Safety of pillars for underground mines.
- falls from height »
Applications close August 23, 2022 and grants will be awarded by September 30, 2022. Applications are available online. Smaller mines and underserved populations will receive particular attention.
The Brookwood-Sago Grants Program honors the miners who lost their lives at Jim Walter Resources #5 Mine and Sago Mine. In 2001, according to the Chicago Tribune, 13 workers died in a mine explosion at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine in Brookwood, Alabama. In 2006, 13 workers were trapped inside the Sago mine in Buckhannon, West Virginia, after an explosion. According to WCHS, only one of the miners survived.
Alex Saurman is the Occupational Health and Safety Content Editor.