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US$250 000 in funding from MSHA for mine education and training

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Global Mining Review,

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the availability of up to US$250 000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant programme to support education and training to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. Brookwood-Sago grants focus on powered haulage safety, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, or emergency prevention and preparedness.

Established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006, the programme promotes mine safety while honouring 25 miners who died in 2001 in Brookwood, Alabama, at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine, and in 2006 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, at the Sago mine.

Funding will enable grant recipients to develop training materials, provide mine safety training or educational programmes, recruit mine operators and miners for the training, and conduct and evaluate the training. MSHA will give special emphasis to programme and materials that target workers at smaller mines, including training miners and employers about new MSHA standards, high risk activities, or hazards identified by MSHA.

The minimum and maximum amounts of each individual grant are US$50 000 and US$250 000, respectively.

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