Date set for second annual mining symposium

AFTER a successful inaugural event last April, the National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University announced last week it will host the second International Mining Health and Safety Symposium later this year.

Angie Tomlinson

Scheduled for April 26 and 27, the symposium organisers said it is sure to attract individuals from all sides of the industry. New items this year include a mine rescue team competition at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena and technical exhibits at the school’s Alma Grace McDonough Center.

“Last year’s symposium set the stage for significant health and safety improvements in coal mining,” WJU vice-president for sponsored programs Davitt McAteer said in a statement.

“This year, we will bring together experts from all over the world to examine the progress we’ve made and discuss what else needs to be done.”

McAteer also confirmed that he will maintain his role as West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s mine safety special advisor.

“By combining technologies and approaches to safety from other industries, we can help take mine safety into the 21st century,” he said at last year’s symposium, a sentiment that still resonates throughout the mining community.

In a statement distributed to last year’s attendees, US Senator Robert Byrd added: “[Mine safety] is an ever-evolving challenge that requires our unyielding vigilance. Your energies and determination are required to explore new ways to strengthen our national mine safety regime.”

Once again, the symposium will be sponsored by the office of Governor Manchin, the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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