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Harry's hard choices: mine refuge chamber training. Instructor's guide and trainee's problem booklet.

Vaught-C; Hall-EE; Klein-KA
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-122 (IC 9511), 2009 Mar; :1-34
This paper-and-pencil simulation is an interactive story that presents a scenario in which Harry Hamilton, a section foreman on a longwall setup section, must decide what to do when he learns there is a fire in his mine. As time goes along, Harry must face a series of choices about how best to increase his and his crew's chances for survival. The story is taken in part from real-life incidents. Objectives: The completion of this exercise can help new miners, experienced miners, trainers, and others who must deal with issues of self-rescue and escape become more aware of: 1. The need to gather as much information as possible as early as possible; 2. The value of knowing one's escapeways; 3. The need to use self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) properly; 4. The value of a multigas detector in an emergency; and, 5. When, and under what circumstances, to enter a refuge alternative. Intended Audiences: 1. Miners in annual refresher classes; 2. Trainers; 3. Responsible Persons; 4. Command center personnel; 5. Original equipment manufacturers; and, 6. Researchers.
Mining-industry; Training; Mine-disasters; Mine-fires; Mine-escapes; Mine-rescue; Mine-workers; Miners; Underground-miners; Longwall-mining
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PB2010-109324; PB2010-109323
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-122; IC-9511
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division