September 9, 2011

Grants pay for miner training


Reported by: Mel Carlock

ARLINGTON, Va. (WTVA) — A federal agency is awarding over $8.4 million in grants for health and safety training at the nation’s mines.

The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration will train and retrain workers at surface and underground coal, metal, nonmetal, shell dredging, gravel, sand, and surface stone mines.

The program will also instruct miners on their rights under the law and help mine rescue teams be prepared in the event of an emergency.

The grants are split among 47 states and the Navajo Nation.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will get $60,910 to train mine operators and contractors on health and safety regulations to reduce the number of serious accidents.

Alabama is receiving $199,499 for training programs taught at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, where nearly 6,500 miners receive training or retraining each year.

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