A Pilot Program for Underground Mine Rescue and Emergency Program Utilizing Cooperative Resources.
NTIS: PB/85-215754 :36 pages
The operators of small and remote underground mines must comply with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration regulation requiring them to train and maintain mine rescue teams. The alternative is for the operators to contract with established teams within 2 hours travel time of their mine. Many of these remote operations are too far from established teams and have too few employees to make up the necessary teams. Many cannot comply with the regulation either from a personnel or an economic standpoint. The concept of a volunteer mine rescue program was researched and developed by the office of the Arizona state mine inspector under contract j0100125. This program, with the assistance of the mining industry and volunteer rescue organizations, has planned and instituted a statewide volunteer mine rescue organization. The trained and equipped volunteers are stationed throughout the state and can respond to a mine emergency within the time constraints.
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