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US Department of Labor awards $10.5M in grants to provide training, promote mine safety, health in 45 states, territories

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $10.5 million in grants to organizations in 43 states, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands to provide safety and health training designed to reduce and prevent mining workers’ injuries and illnesses. 

The department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded the grants to support the delivery of federally mandated training and re-training for miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. Miners working in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations are also included.

 “Training is critical to ensuring miners know and understand mining conditions and the potential hazards they may encounter on a mine site,” said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Christopher J. Williamson. “These grants will help deliver training to thousands of miners, contractors and operators across the country and can make the difference between a safe and healthy day at work and a tragedy or illness.”

States and territories apply for the grants, which are awarded to state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor and state-supported colleges and universities. Recipients tailor their training programs based on the needs of mines and miners in their areas, including mining conditions and hazards miners may encounter.

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MSHA has awarded the following grants:

Recipient

State/Territory

Amount

Bevill State Community College

Alabama

                                    $236,089

University of Alaska

Alaska

                                    $147,080

Arizona State Mine Inspector

Arizona

                                    $414,159

Navajo Nation Minerals Department

Arizona

                                     $36,112

Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing       

Arkansas

$130,443

Department of Industrial Relations

California

                      $200,000

Department of Natural Resources

Colorado

                                   $260,757

Central Connecticut University

Connecticut

                                 $90,732

Tallahassee Community College

Florida

                                    $191,510

Technical College System of Georgia

Georgia

                                    $212,774

Government of Guam

Guam

                                      $14,444

North Idaho College

Idaho

                                    $157,768

Department of Natural Resources

Illinois

                                    $261,185

Vincennes University

Indiana

                                   $256,052

Eastern Iowa Community College

Iowa

                                   $197,036

Hutchinson Community College

Kansas

                                   $134,009

Division of Mine Safety

Kentucky

                                    $367,510

Northshore Technical Community College

Louisiana

                                    $113,671

Department of Labor

Maine

                                   $117,104

Department of the Environment, CSM

Maryland

                                    $71,048

Department of Labor Standards

Massachusetts

                                    $105,138

Michigan Technological University            

Michigan

                                    $264,760

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Minnesota

                                    $395,243

Department of Environmental Quality

Mississippi

                                    $46,118

Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Missouri

                                    $285,503

Department of Labor & Industry

Montana

                                    $213,744

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Nebraska

                                    $93,905

Mine Safety and Training Section

Nevada

$416,281

Department of Business and Economic Affairs

New Hampshire

                        $79,686

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Jersey

                                    $67,416

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New Mexico

                                    $184,417

Department of Labor, Division of Safety

New York

                                    $344,485

Department of Labor

North Carolina

                        $186,311

Department of Career and Technical Education

North Dakota

                                    $113,915

Office of the Governor

No. Mariana Islands

            $14,444

Department of Natural Resources

Ohio

                                   $245,878

Department of Mines

Oklahoma

                                    $182,331

Eastern Oregon University

Oregon

                                   $171,384

Department of Environmental Protection

Pennsylvania

                                    $593,162

Tri-County Technical College

South Carolina

                        $95,604

School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota

                                    $97,008

Department of Labor and Workforce

Tennessee

                                    $204,412

University of Texas at Austin

Texas

                                   $714,290

Utah State University

Utah

                                   $260,608

Department of Labor

Vermont

                                    $113,871

Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy             

Virginia

                                    $248,466

Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training

West Virginia

                                    $515,827

Northcentral Technical College

Wisconsin

                                    $365,031

North Wyoming Community College

Wyoming

                                    $308,279

Total

 

$10,537,000