Inaugural Workers Memorial Day/ Day of Mourning

The Florida Mine Safety Program and the Florida Public Safety Institute held its Inaugural Workers Memorial Day/Day of Mourning for Miners at the Academy Conference Center on April 28, 2016. During the candle light ceremony, a hard hat was presented in remembrance of those lost on the job due to workplace related hazards and accidents…

Mine Rescue Training

The Mine Act requires that every operator of an underground mine assure the availability of mine rescue teams for purposes of emergency rescue and recovery of trapped or injured miners. Mine rescue contests and simulations are an essential part of the training process, and ensure that teams receive hands-on exposure to a range of potential hazards…

MSHA Awards Funds to 47 States and the Navajo Nation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded 47 states and the Navajo Nation a total of $8,441,000 in funds to support safety and health training courses and other programs to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses. Grant recipients will use the funds to provide miners with federally mandated training with each recipient…

MSHA Leaders Attend 46th Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic

Along with the Florida Mine Safety Program, MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main and Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura McClintock attended the 46th Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic. The contest was held May 2–5 at the SugArena at Acadiana Fairgrounds in New Iberia, Louisiana. The mine rescue contest allows participants to actively train and test their skills,…

Safety Law Newsletter – May 2016

Six years and one day after an explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine, Raleigh County, WV, claimed the lives of 29 miners, former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, was sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000.00 fine, an amount well above what the federal sentencing guidelines recommend. Following his…

Preventing Accidents Involving Machinery & Equipment

Since 2011, 16 metal and nonmetal miners have died in accidents involving machinery and non-haulage mobile and quarry equipment, and many more have been seriously injured or disabled.  Of the 16 persons fatally injured, six were supervisors and three were contractors.  Seven miners died when they were struck by the equipment they or a co-worker…

TCC Public Safety Hosts First Responder Appreciation Event

Governor Rick Scott declared January 4-8, 2016 “Florida First Responder Appreciation Week”, and on Thursday the 7th, Tallahassee Community College’s Public Safety Institute, hosted a ceremony honoring them. Prayer, song, applause, and the whirring of a helicopter flyover filled the ears of those who attended the event. First responders from all across the Big Bend…