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US Department of Labor announces up to $1M in Brookwood-Sago grants available to promote mine safety, health education; training

Program honors 25 miners lost in disasters in Alabama in 2001, West Virginia in 2006

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced up to $1 million in funding available in Brookwood-Sago grants to support the delivery of education and training to the nation’s mining community to help them identify, avoid and prevent unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.

Established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, the program honors 25 miners who perished in disasters in 2001 at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine in Brookwood, Alabama, and at the Sago mine in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in 2006.   

Administered by the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, the grants will fund education and training programs focused on workplace safety and health hazards faced by miners. These programs will focus on the following hazards:

  • Exposure to respirable dust and crystalline silica.
  • Safe use of powered haulage and mobile equipment.
  • Mine emergency and mine rescue preparedness.
  • Electrical safety.
  • Insufficient training of new and inexperienced miners.
  • Lack of training for managers and supervisors performing mining tasks.
  • Pillar safety for underground mines.
  • Lack of personal protective equipment to prevent falls from heights and other unsafe conditions. 

The Brookwood-Sago grant program aligns with the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to improve the safety and working conditions for nation’s miners.

In awarding the grants, MSHA will give special emphasis to education and training programs that target miners at smaller mines and underserved populations in the industry and make diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility priorities.

Learn more or submit a grant application. The closing date for applications is Sept. 9, 2024. MSHA will award grants on or before Sept. 30, 2024.

Mine Safety & Health Administration
July 10, 2024
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Media Contact: Frances Alonzo
Media Contact: Paloma Rentería
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