MSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Safety Grants
Published: December 6, 2017 |
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses by supporting safety and health courses, and other programs. The awards were made to 47 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and Native Village of Barrow.
Grantees will use the funds to provide miners with federally mandated training. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand, and gravel mining operations.
Grants were awarded based on applications from states, and they are administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Each recipient tailors the program to the needs of its mines and miners — including mining conditions and hazards miners may encounter — and provides technical assistance.
Bevill State Community College, Jasper, Alabama: $249,700
University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska: $125,630
Arizona State Mine Inspector, Phoenix, Arizona: $374,930
Arkansas Department of Labor, Little Rock, Arkansas: $126,932
California Department of Industrial Relations, Sacramento, California: $368,995
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Denver, Colorado: $262,379
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut: $67,349
Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida: $160,297
Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Atlanta, Georgia: $195,862
Guam Department of Labor, Tamuning, Guam: $10,000
North Idaho College, Post Falls, Idaho: $128,935
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield, Illinois: $270,403
Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana: $257,137
Eastern Iowa Community College District, Davenport, Iowa: $187,226
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas: $117,995
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Frankfort, Kentucky: $594,488
Northshore Technical Community College, Greensburg, Louisiana: $107,120
Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, Augusta, Maine: $84,546
Maryland Department of the Environment, La Plata, Maryland: $69,346
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, Boston, Massachusetts: $88,884
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan: $249,257
Minnesota State Colleges and University, St. Paul, Minnesota: $375,153
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Jackson, Mississippi: $46,118
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Jefferson City, Missouri: $261,597
Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Helena, Montana: $218,822
Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, Barrow, Native Village: $10,000
Minerals Department, Window Rock, Navajo Nation: $31,947
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska: $86,168
Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Carson City, Nevada: $368,071
New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Concord, New Hampshire: $51,250
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Trenton, New Jersey: $54,699
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico: $195,768
New York State Department of Labor, Albany, New York: $320,598
North Carolina Department of Labor, Raleigh, North Carolina: $177,500
North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, Bismarck, North Dakota: $130,423
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus, Ohio: $288,584
Oklahoma Department of Mines, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: $159,310
Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon: $140,810
Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: $664,626
York Technical College, Rock Hill, South Carolina: $73,279
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota: $88,955
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Nashville, Tennessee: $188,739
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas: $611,129
Utah State University Eastern, Price, Utah: $228,939
Vermont Department of Labor, Montpelier, Vermont: $99,225
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Big Stone Gap, Virginia: $284,272
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington: $168,254
West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, Charleston, West Virginia: $642,035
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Madison, Wisconsin: $169,704
Northern Wyoming Community College District, Gillette, Wyoming: $303,614
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) works to prevent death, illness, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners. MSHA carries out the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006. The agency develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction. MSHA also provides technical, educational and other types of assistance to mine operators. They work cooperatively with industry, labor, and other Federal and state agencies to improve safety and health conditions for all miners in the United States.
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