Mining Feature: NIOSH at 2017 Underground Stone Safety Seminar

Keywords: Stone mining

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Logo for 2017 Underground Stone Seminar

The NIOSH Mining Program will present at the 22st Underground Stone Seminar. This seminar will be held at a new location this year: the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St. in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 5 and 6, 2017.

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 5, 2017

3 - 4 p.m.   Registration near Kentucky Ballroom on first floor

4 – 6 p.m.   Early Bird Workshop

  • Brendan Demich (NIOSH) - NIOSH Underground Lighting to Improve Safety
  • Dave Snyder (NIOSH) - Historical Perspective of Underground Communications Research
  • Adam Brenneman and Jay Savage (Pillar Innovations) - Mining Communications Infrastructure - A Backbone to Rely Upon

6 – 7 p.m.   Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall Area

December 6, 2017

8 - 10 a.m.   First Morning Session

  • Nick Rodgers (Kentucky Crushed Stone) - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Nathan Rouse (RESPEC) - Control Underground Airblast to Protect Structures and Equipment
  • Brent Slaker (NIOSH) - Development of a Comprehensive Pillar and Roof Monitoring System at a Steeply Dipping Underground Limestone Mine
  • Justin Disney (LHoist) - Applying the Roof Fall Risk Ranking Method at the Crab Orchard Mine
  • Jim Winfield (Graymont) - Cable Bolt Installation Methods at the Pleasant Gap Mine

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Second Morning Session

  • Garth Kuhnhein - Benefits of Large Diameter Fans for Mine Ventilation
  • Mike Fabio (Strata) - Water Issues and Consolidating Loose Materials
  • Deborah Tomko (MSHA) - Methods to Reduce Dust and Diesel Particulate Matter in Underground Stone Mines
  • Greg Parros (NextLook Technologies) - Providing Connectivity in Challenging Environments - New Developments and Solutions
  • Joe Casper (NSSGA) - NSSGA's Approach to Health and Safety

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   First Afternoon Session

Panel Session - Unique Safety Solutions:

  • Moderator - Bobby Kehrman (LHoist)
  • Mark Luxbacher (LHoist)
  • Ken Stambaugh (Pennsy Supply)
  • B. Wayne King

2:45 - 4 p.m.   Second Afternoon Session

  • Liming Yuan (NIOSH) - Mine Environmental Monitoring After Blasting Using Gas Sensors
  • Jon Baggett (Virginia Tech) - Utilization of GPR for Karst Void Detection in Underground Stone Mines
  • Mark Van Dyke (NIOSH) - Borescoping Technologies and How to Map/Interpret Results
  • Michael Murphy (NIOSH) - Update to the Stone Mine Pillar Design Software (S-Pillar V1.1 2017)

4 p.m.   Door Prizes, Adjourn

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Page last updated: October 18, 2017