Mine safety
started here -
and we live it here.


Mine Safety:
the early days.

Mine rescue training began in the United States in 1910. Joseph A. Holmes sought a training vehicle that would give the mining industry an infrastructure of mine rescue specialists who could be prepared to respond in the event of a mine disaster. The training efforts evolved into local and regional competitions. A year later on October 30, 1911 the first national mine-safety contest was held at Forbes Field, in Pittsburgh. Approximately 15,000 persons attended the demonstration that included first aid and mine rescue work.

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The field exercises were witnessed by President William H. Taft who presented Red Cross medals and first aid awards to rescue team captains. Teams of miners trained in first aid and rescue work from every coal-mining state took part in this mine rescue demonstration.

Working safe today.

Rosebud Mining currently has four mine rescue teams which supply coverage to all our underground coal mines. These dedicated teams of Rosebud miners are prepared to save others. Most mine rescue teams are composed of miners who know the particular mine, and are familiar with the various sorts of mine machinery, the layout of workings and geological conditions and working practices that they may encounter during the rescue. Rosebud's mine rescue team members are provided with the latest personal protective equipment, are well trained, physically fit, and fully understand the hazards that may await them during rescue, exploration and recovery operations.

Routinely, our rescue teams receive hands-on training in simulated mine environments with placards to identify objects and hazards. Rosebud's mine rescue teams participate in such contests still conducted on a regular basis to sharpen skills and test the knowledge of miners who may one day be called upon to respond to a real mine emergency. These contests require teams of six members each to solve a hypothetical mine rescue exercise while being timed and observed by judges according to precise rules. The simulated mine emergencies involve trapped miners who have to be found and rescued. Teams are rated on adherence to safety procedures and how quickly they execute their task.

We greatly appreciate the efforts and courage of our employees who volunteer to participate in being a member of the Rosebud Mine Rescue Team.

Mike Groff
Mine Rescue Coordinator
(724) 545-6222 Ext. 328