Mining Feature: NIOSH at 2016 Underground Stone Seminar

Monday, September 26, 2016

NIOSH at the 2016 Underground Stone Seminar logosThe NIOSH Mining Program will participating with the underground stone industry in the 21st Underground Stone Seminar. This seminar will be held at the Ramada Plaza Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville Kentucky on December 6-7, 2016.

According to the seminar organizers, it is "still the only national meeting primarily focused on underground stone mining" and it "will provide an update on issues and research relevant to the health and safety of underground stone miners. Regulatory developments will be included among the topics discussed, as well as their impact on the underground aggregates industry. "

Online registration on Kentucky Crushed Stone Association's site


December 6, 2016

 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.    Early Bird Workshop

 Zach Knoop (Caterpillar Safety Services) – Embracing Effective Communication Skills that Drive Safety Excellence

  • Upcoming Research:
    • Nino Ripepi (Virginia Tech) – Ground Control Research for Improving Safety Performance in Underground Stone and Other Large Opening Mines:  Design, Monitoring and Risk Management
    • Brent Slaker (NIOSH) – Underground Stone Mine Pillar Design in Challenging Conditions

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.    Reception

 December 7, 2016

7:00 a.m.    Registration 7:45 a.m.    Welcome: Nicholas Rodgers, Kentucky Crushed Stone Association 8:00 a.m.    Morning Session

  • Sam Pierce (MSHA) – Update on Health and Safety Issues
  • Paul Tyrna (MSHA) – Update to the Role of Geologic Structures on a Massive Pillar Collapse
  • Essie Esterhuizen (NIOSH) – Analysis of a Pillar Collapse at an Underground Stone Mine in Pennsylvania
  • Dave Newman (Appalachian Mining & Engineering, Inc.) – Why Did the Underground Mine Cross Beneath the Road? Back Control and Pillar Stability When Undermining Protected Structures
  • Brian Thompson (MSHA) - Workplace Examination Requirements
  • Bruce Wayne King (Rogers Group, Inc) – Update to Portal Entry Design and Development for an Underground Aggregate Operation
  • Collin Rogers (Lhoist North America) – Safety Through Engineering
  • Dennis Dunham (DSI Underground) –Comparing Arches and Square Sets for Portal and Roof Fall Canopies
  • Joe Casper (National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association) - NSSGA’s Approach to Safety and Health

12:15 p.m.    Lunch 1:30 p.m.    Afternoon Session

  • Ken Stambough (Pennsy Supply), Cheryl Spellman (Pennsy Supply), Thomas Appel (The Shelly Company) - Safety Synergy: A Team Approach to Miner Injury Prevention
  • Deborah M. Tomko (MSHA) - Diesel Particulate Matter Control Strategies
  • Mike Evans or David Allen (MSHA) - Plan Submittals Including AutoCAD Maps
  • Michael Peelish (Law Office of Adele L. Abrams) - What Will MSHA Do Regarding Silica, Now that OSHA has Acted?
  • Brent Slaker (NIOSH) - Analysis of Floor Heave due to High Horizontal Stresses in an Underground Limestone Mine

 4:00 p.m.    Adjourn

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