The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced it will award $500,000 in grant funds to six organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry, to focus on mine emergency prevention and preparedness for all underground mines. The grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006.  “Training is one of the most important components for preparing miners, rescue teams and other personnel to respond to mine emergencies,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.  Training grants are awarded for a 12-month performance period, and applicants must be states or nonprofit entities.  The grants were named in remembrance of 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources Inc. No. 5 Mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001, and 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Tallsmanville, W.Va., in 2006.  Learn More.

This major step by the US Labor Department is recognition by the government of important safety precautions which must be taken by employers to safeguard their employees who engage in ultra-hazardous work activities such as mining.  The US Department of Labor promotes the welfare of wage earners by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits to name a few.  To carry out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws which guarantee workers’ the following rights: safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage and overtime payLearn More.

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