Your competition lasted 72 hours — from Tuesday to Thursday — and covered every facet of mine search and save. Each competing team consists of mine workers, from roof bolters (also referred to as “pin men”) and engineers to foremen and electricians, who’ve volunteered to aid in the direst of emergencies.
Every mine within the commonwealth is needed to possess a certified save team along with a backup team inside a one-hour drive from the mine site, based on VDMME spokeswoman Tarah Kesterson.
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and has announced the winners from the 38th annual Virginia Mining Institute Mine Save contest held a week ago in Blacksburg.
Nine save teams from Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama competed in case, that is judged by mine safety experts from industry and government departments. They experienced complete breakdowns, entrapped miners and harmful amounts of toxic gasses. The big event was timed, and also the team using the best performance overall received a trophy in a banquet held Thursday.
“One factor [Virginia Mining Institute] has always held true is quality,” stated Wayne Davis, contest coordinator and designer. “We stress them physically and psychologically. If they’re ever known as to some disaster, that’s what they’ll maintain.Inches