2014 NIOSH Awards
The Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award created and conferred by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes mines and companies who have made an extraordinary effort, above and beyond the mandatory requirements, to apply technologies in ways that will improve mine worker safety or health. The goal of this award is to promote the identification, adoption, and dissemination of safety and health technologies throughout the mining industry.
The award winners in 2014 are:
Coal Award – Keystone Mining Services, LLC/Jennmar Corporation and Signal Peak Energy
An Innovative Technology Solution to Improve Safety During Longwall Recovery Operations
Coal miners can be exposed to many hazards during the difficult process of a longwall recovery. Jennmar, and its engineering affiliate company, Keystone Mining Services, working together with Signal Peak Energy personnel, developed and demonstrated a successful method to greatly reduce the exposure of miners to hazardous conditions during this process. This method made longwall recovery history by successfully mining into a 42-foot wide full-face recovery entry that was first bolted, meshed, and then completely back-filled with a specially formulated, cuttable, low density concrete that was pumped from the surface. As a result of the coordination and cooperation between Jennmar and Signal Peak, an innovative use of this technology was developed resulting in improved safety during longwall recovery operations.