Misfit - 2/1/2006 12:28 PM
This time in Canuck land.
A potash mine in Sask. In this case, no one was hurt in the fire becasue the mine had safe rooms.
I will admit that I had never heard of safe-rooms - but it is an elementary and obvious idea. Does anyone know if this is an "industry standard" in mines ??
Comparing the latest mine disasters is like comparing the latest automobile accidents... There are more diss-similars than similarities...
Yes, "safe rooms" are required, but not in the manner you think, and not in every type of mine. Refuges are what they are called, and can be rooms carved into the bedrock/starta of the mine, or can be dead-end working areas where barricade material can be placed to shield the individuals.
If you are very interested in mining requlations, I encourage you to navigate to www.msha.gov, the USDOL, division of mines web site. There are not too many industries that have a whole division set aside solely to regulate the industry, like MSHA is to the mining industry. And it is relatively new! The mining act was passed by an act of congress in 1977! Basically, it stated that the fed gov was going to take an active role in protecting this nation's miners, a move I wholeheartedly support. It also called for and appropriated the necessary resources to create the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Furthermore, it required mandated, un-announced inspections of mines in the US, with necessary civil and criminal penalties for infractions to 30CFR, parts 0-199, which was subsequently promulgated. The act also required a representative to the secretary of labor, called assistant to the secretary of labor, to administer the agency's policies and programs, and created sections for metal and non-metal as well as coal mining. Etc, Etc...
More can be gleened from their website, complete with accident statistics, enforcement actions, and a host of other information.
Covington Stone Company and Iola Quarry, Inc.