Top honors in this year’s national metal and non-metal mine rescue competition went to three teams representing metal producers in Missouri, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Doe Run Co.’s Maroon Team from Viburnum, MO took first place, FMC Minerals’ Red Team from Green River, WY came in second, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s WIPP Red Team from Carlsbad, NM came in third, MSHA said in a press release today. The WIPP team finished first in the overall standings. The annual event was held last week in Lexington, KY.
Newmont Mining Corp.’s Carlin Team from Elko, NV won the first-aid competition. OCI Wyoming, LLC’s Blue Team, also from Green River, earned the top spot in the technician team competition, while Vulcan Materials Co.’s Blue Team from Bartlett, IL won the team trainer competition.
Mine rescue teams exist to rescue trapped, injured or missing miners in the event of a mine emergency. Contests provide a means for teams to improve their skills in a competitive environment.
A total of 41 teams participated. In the field competition, five-member teams are required to search and account for all missing miners following standard mine rescue procedures. The two-man technician team must ensure that multi-gas and self-contained breathing apparatuses are in proper working condition. The first-aid challenge requires teams to deal with medical emergency techniques, such as CPR, control of bleeding, treatment of physical shock, wounds, burns and musculoskeletal injuries. The team trainer test consists of multiple-choice and true-false questions.
The Central Kentucky Mine Rescue Association, Kentucky Crushed Stone Association and Carmeuse Stone & Lime hosted the four-day event. MSHA supplied the judges and the field, written and technical problems.
Reprinted with the permission of of Sharpe's Point: On Mine Safety, Extracting Insights for Industry