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JUN 2018

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June 2018 www.coalage.com 27 underground seals continued steel structure. These considerations miti- gated fall-related hazards. "The hoist and platform performed just as intended," Salley said. "We kept our people safe, sped up construction, and eliminated labor costs that would have re- sulted from not using this system." Because the seal project area wasn't open to a cross-cut, the miners used ventilation tubing and a remote-booster fan to ventilate the area. "Dust exposure for our project personnel was of para- mount importance," noted Salley. "The fan and tubing kept the dust removed so that we could maintain grade and stay on sights." MSHA worked closely with the mine on this project and the safety record was excellent. The regulatory agency was so impressed that the local district office performed a presentation in Beckley, West Virginia, for training other MSHA personnel. The project began with cutting the ramp into the mine roof on October 1, 2017, and ended with seal construction wrapping up on December 23, 2017. Total turnkey material cost of the project was roughly $150,000 and provided for an ef- fective means of installing a seal where previously thought to be an impossibility. Because the seal project area wasn't open to a cross-cut, tubing and a remote-booster fan were used to ventilate the area.

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