Mining Feature: NIOSH at 2019 Underground Stone Safety Seminar

Keywords: Stone mining

Friday, October 11, 2019

logo for 2019 underground stone seminar

The NIOSH Mining Program will present at the 24nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar. This seminar will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St. in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 10 and 11, 2019.

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 10, 2019

4 – 6 p.m.   Early Bird Talks

  • Marc Endicott (JH Fletcher & Co) - Operator Safety Through Technology
  • Emily Haas (NIOSH) - How Enhancing your Safety Culture can Help Develop and Retain your Workforce

6 – 7 p.m.   Welcome Reception at the hotel

December 11, 2019

7 – 8 a.m.   Breakfast at the hotel

8 - 10:15 a.m.   Morning Talks I

  • Nick Rodgers (Kentucky Crushed Stone Association) - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Samuel Creasy (MSHA) - Update on Health and Safety Issues
  • Ben Haugen (RESPEC) - A Fully Autonomous Mission-Oriented Drone for Underground Inspection, Mapping, and Search and Rescue
  • Ben Hardman (JH Fletcher & Co) - Scaling Best Practices
  • Michael Dreyer (Golder) - Roof Falls in Underground Stone Mines - Understanding and Assessing the Situation

10:30 a.m. - noon   Morning Talks II

  • Heather Dougherty (NIOSH) - An Industry Survey: Mining Environment and Ground Control Citations
  • Nicole Evanek (NIOSH) - Controlling Crosscut Damage in Response to Excessive Levels of Horizontal Stress: Case Study at the Subtropolis Mine, Petersburg, Ohio
  • Robert McClure (R.A. McClure Inc.) - Underground 3-D Photogrammetry, Blast Design, Analysis and Rockmass Characterization
  • Cheryl Spellman (Pennsy Supply) - Mine Emergency Response Planning – A Safety Line of Defense

Noon - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.   Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1 - Operations Q&A Breakout Session #2 - Technical Talks
The Mining Cycle, moderated by Dave Newman (Appalachian Mining & Engineering)

Emanuele Cauda (NIOSH) - FAST - Field Analysis of Silica Tool Overview

Chris Newman (Appalachian Mining and Engineering) - The Development of a Multiple Level Underground Limestone Mine from Geology through Mine Planning

Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute) - Automation and Autonomy

2:45 - 4 p.m.   Afternoon Session II

  • Libby Pritchard (NSSGA) - NSSGA's Approach to Health and Safety
  • Michael Peelish (Law Office of Adele Abrams) - Update on Request for Information on Silica
  • Carrie MacDougall (Golder) - Air Intakes and Outlets: Controlling Particulates and Pollutants to Avoid Pollutant Build Up

4 p.m.   Evaluations, Adjourn

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