October 30 is Mine Rescue Day.
That specific date was designated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) back in 2013 as a time to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of volunteers who risk their own lives to save other miners.
There are more than 250 mine rescue teams that are certified and equipped to perform mine rescue operations in the United States.
Traditionally, those teams have trained and competed in mine rescue contests organized each year across the country, so they can be prepared for those untimely incidents that we all hope will never occur.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging for teams to meet the federal requirement for two local/state contests annually because so many contests have been forced to cancel.
But coal operators have made sure to meet these standards by holding intracompany contests, as well as other means of compliance.
One example took place on July 27 in Norton, Virginia where three teams from
Big Rock, Coeburn and Norton competed.
Organizers of the event added several safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing, wearing personal protective equipment and disinfecting equipment at the contest. The judges also evaluated maps and written tests remotely in order to reduce contact with participants.
CORESafety and the National Mining Association recognize and honor all of the brave volunteers who stand ready to assist in times of mining emergencies.
For more information on the CORESafety program, visit www.coresafety.org
- On October 27, 2020