December 2017
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information on Florida's Inaugural Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, photos from the recent Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, our advisory board spotlights and more.

Registration Now Open!

The Florida Mine Safety Program's (FMSP) Inaugural Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition is less than three months away, and registration is now open for competitors and vendors! The upcoming event will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) in Tallahassee, Florida. It will provide valuable opportunities for Emergency Response Teams to test and hone their skills across a wide range of realistic emergency response scenarios.
Teams will be made up of three to seven members and a team trainer. The event will include two days of demonstrations and training sessions, in addition to a competition portion made up of a written examination, field exercise, first aid contest and more. Families are welcome to join in on the fun, as there will be designated spectator areas, great food, vendor drawings and a concluding banquet. 
Click below to visit our website, where you will be able to register to participate. You'll also be able to view the event agenda and competition rules. If you would prefer to contact Karen Miller directly to get involved, please call (850) 201-7689 or email
Anyone with a success story, promotion, work anniversary, award or employee recognition can submit to be featured in our monthly spotlight at

We also want to take a moment to spotlight all miners on this National Miners Day, a day designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners both past and present. Thank you for all that you do!

November Events Recap

We had a great time at the 2017 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference! Click below to view our photo gallery of the event. 

We'd love to see any photos you've taken at mine safety events. For a chance to be featured in this section of our e-newsletter, make sure to tag any photos you've uploaded with #FlaMineSafety or email them to us directly at


Story Musgrave, a former NASA astronaut (right), was a featured speaker at the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference.

The "Mayberry Deputy," David Browning (left), was also among the featured speakers at this year's conference.

Find more Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference pictures in our gallery.
Upcoming Courses

Dec. 12-13, 2017  7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Jackson County Extension Office Meeting Room located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Room #3 in Marianna, FL

Advisory Board Spotlight

Karonica Brice, Aggregates Safety Manager, CEMEX Construction Materials - Karonica has about 20 years of experience working as a safety professional. She spent almost 10 years in various roles with the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) across the United States. In 2002, she earned her certification as a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.
Karonica was a safety manager responsible for aggregate surface, underground and construction locations in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. She has also worked as a safety manager in the lead mining industry and the utility industry in Missouri. She is currently a safety manager for the CEMEX Construction Materials for the Aggregate Division in Davenport, Florida.
Karonica is from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri Science and Technology, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering. She is married to Gary Brice and shares four sons with him.
Foster Thorpe, President, Strategic Safety Compliance - Foster has more than thirty years in the phosphate industry both in mining and the chemical business. His EHS work experience includes: power generation, food and the construction industry. He has held several middle to senior management positions in Environment, Health & Safety. Part of his professional experience was 14 years as a member/asst. chairman of District 7 Local Emergency Response Committee for Central Florida.

Foster earned a Master's in Management and Business, is a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP), certified MSHA instructor, authorized trainer in OSHA General and Construction Industry, certified trainer for the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) and the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC). He is an adjunct professor at Polk State Corporate College and a member of the Central Florida Joseph A. Holmes Society.

He is President of Strategic Safety Compliance, a full service safety company providing environmental, health and safety work such as auditing, training, site risk analysis, program development and intervention approaches with the private and public industries at the local, state and federal levels. His passion is working with people for continuous improvement and making an impact. Foster is looking forward to serving as an Advisory Board member to support the mining programs and education in Florida.
Sam's Corner
From the desk of Sam Pierce, SE District Manager, MSHA, Metal/Nonmetal

MSHA Stakeholder/Quarterly Training Call

Learn more about the topics covered the MSHA Stakeholder/Quarterly Training Call on November 8, 2017.

Safety Alert: MNM Fatalgram

On October 17, 2017, in Idaho, a miner was fatally injured while operating a bulldozer on a downward slope. While pushing overburden to a rock bench below the top of the pit, he was ejected from the cab and run over by the left track. The machine continued to tram over the edge of the 58' highwall. To learn more about the Fatalgram and best practices on our website, click here.

Safety Knows No Boundaries

This world is a melting pot of various languages and backgrounds, but one thing that remains the same for all is the need for safety. With Florida's diverse population of miners, we cater to all by offering courses in any language requested. 

We are excited to spread mine safety beyond the U.S. borders as well and welcome the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to our program! For more information on working with them, please visit the following websites:
Department of Labor
Workforce Investment Agency
Job Opportunities

If you have a job opening at your organization, send information to and we will post it in 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 more than 30 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under 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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