Happy November from the Florida Mine Safety Program! In this edition, you'll find information about SafeMiners.com, the 11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, High Liability Conference highlights, 34th Annual Missouri Mine Rescue results, TRAM Conference recap, Sam's Corner, MSHA Law Class and 2016 MSHA Webinar Series.

SafeMiners.com provides information on training and resources for safety concerning the mining and construction industries.
Randy Newcomer of SafeMiners.com presented at the Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference in October. Through the use of SafeMiners.com, Mr. Newcomer has made his TRAM presentation available to you. View his presentation, You Have a Choice: Building Worker Selected Problem Solving Activities, here. 

11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference

This year's 11th Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is taking place Nov. 2-4 in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida Mine Safety Program is excited to attend this year's conference, where the latest information on mine safety and health practices will be shared by keynote speakers. In addition, attendees will also enjoy breakout sessions and meet in industry sessions with MSHA managers from the Southeast office and national office.  

Recognized as one of the best mining conferences in the country, the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference is a valuable resource for industry safety and health information. If you are an operator, safety and health manager, contractor, miner, educator or other member of the mining community, register today. 

Florida Mine Safety Program
Conference Sessions 

Florida Mine Safety Program staff members, Kim Allen and Karen Miller, will be presenting Surface Mine Rescue Contest for MNM -  a Planning Workshop.  If  interested in hosting a mine rescue contest , be sure to attend the session taking place on Nov. 3, from 3 - 3:45 p.m. at Salon A. 

Florida Mine Safety Program board member, Jeremy Wharton, will be holding a session on pre-job assessments and why they matter. If interested, be sure to attend this session on Nov. 3, from 3 - 3:45 p.m. at Salon C. 

Florida Mine Safety Program
 Exhibitor Booth

There will be a Florida Mine Safety program exhibitor booth at this year's conference! We will have plenty of freebies, so stop by and see us at booth 27!

Highlights from High Liability Conference 

The Florida Public Safety Institute hosted its 8th Annual Instructor Training Seminar in October. Law enforcement o fficers from the southeastern U.S. attended the event, making it a great opportunity to train and network. Take a look below for photos captured during the High Liability Conference, and visit our Facebook page for videos of conference workshops, training courses and presentations. We always love participating in events that promote safety and training, especially when they are hosted by our very own campus!

A law enforcement officer practicing on the Basic Tactical Rappel Operator course at the Florida Public Safety Institute. 

Patrol officers learning handcuffing and control team tactics at the Florida Public Safety Institute. 

A Tactical Rifle Skill Building Workshop in progress at the Florida Public Safety Institute.

The Vehicle Assault and Rescue course at the Florida Public Safety Institute!
34th  Annual Missouri Mine Rescue Contest Results

Vulcan Materials Company Mine Rescue Team Black (Franklin, Tennessee) and Team Blue (Bartlett, Illinois) participated in the 34th Annual Missouri Mine Rescue Contest in Rolla, Missouri on Oct. 3- 6. A total of 16 teams, representing metal/nonmetal mine rescue from 12 companies and one university, competed during two days of field competition in the experimental underground mines located at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. A complex mine disaster scenario was set forth over two days for each team to work safely to rescue simulated trapped miners. The competition also included a day of specialized First Aid and Tech (Equipment) team competition.

Vulcan Materials Company was successfully represented during this event, having both Team Black and Team Blue  place in various categories. 
  • Team Black placed 5th in the Field Competition, 3rd place in First Aid and Best Non-Association Team.
  • Team Blue placed 2nd in the Field Competition, 2nd place in the Tech Competition and 1st place in Trainer.
Thank you to MSHA for providing mine rescue teams an opportunity to keep skills sharpened and enjoy a fun competition. Thanks to Missouri University of Science and Technology for hosting the competition at their experimental underground mines.

Team Black preparing to compete in a First Aid simulation with two injured victims in the experimental underground mine at MST.

Team Black packaging a simulated victim for transport out of the experimental underground mine at MST.

Vulcan Team Blue received 2nd place in Field Competition, 2nd place in the Tech Competition and 1st place in Trainer.

Vulcan Team Blue and Black displaying multiple awards from a successful mine rescue competition at the 34th Annual Missouri Mine Rescue Contest.

Vulcan Team Black received 5th place in Field Competition, 3rd place in the First Aid Competition and Best Non-Association Team.

 Annual Training Conference Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference Recap

TRAM is a tuition-free seminar that provides opportunities for health and safety trainers to improve their training programs with new ideas and new materials. This years' conference was held at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia last month! The conference was a success! Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the conference.

Competition Videos Available for Purchase 

The Florida Mine Safety Program showcased its latest endeavors during the TRAM Competition at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy. The two videos presented, "Confined Spaces - authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans" and "Workplace Examination - Fight for Life,"  are now available for purchase! You have the option to buy a hard copy of both videos for $50. Email Karen Miller to purchase your copy.

Confined Spaces: Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans
Workplace Examination: Fight for Life

Workplace Examination: Fight for Life
Confined Spaces: Authorized Attendants and Practiced Rescue Plans
Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

MSHA Quarterly Training Call

Learn more  about the topics discussed during the SE District Stakeholder Conference Call.

MSHA Law Class

The Florida Mine Safety Program is committed to providing all mine supervisors and managers,
from the company president to front line supervisors and agents, with the proper understanding of the MSHA rules and regulations in order to instill in their employees a culture where SAFETY is a VALUE. Our MSHA Law Class provides a thorough understanding of the law and attendees' rights and responsibilities.

Upon successful completion of this three-day workshop, participants should be able to:

1) Verify operational compliance with federal and state standards through the use of pertinent government publications.

2) Reduce accidents and citations caused by non-compliance issues.

3) Promote the general health and safety of the operation.

4) Understand the importance of the production process.

Available hotel options include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plant City, Fairfield Inn & Suites Lakeland Plant City, Hampton Inn Bartow and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bartow.

Dates and Location : Nov. 16-18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Nichols Training Center, 9200 S. County Line Road, Lithia, FL 33547
2016 MSHA Webinar Series
Register now for the 2016 MSHA Webinar Series. There will be two more webinars of 2016 taking place on Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 on Navigating Multi-Employer Mine Sites Liability and Enforcement and MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections. Find more information and registration details on our website!

  Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to info@flminesafety.com and we will post it on our LinkedIn group, newsletter and website.
The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and mining contractors with their health and safety training. For the past 31 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), whose mission is to prevent death, disease and injuries in the mining industry. This is done through a variety of training courses, conferences and informational seminars offered by FMSP. These courses highlight proper emergency evacuation plans, health and safety standards and more. FMSP diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Florida metal and nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained to take precautionary measures. Through a collaborative effort, FMSP and MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.

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