2015 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 winner in 2015 is:

Coal Award – Murray Energy Corporation
Development of a Stored Energy Compressed Air Foam System That Can Be Deployed in Coal Mines

The safety of miners in underground coal mines is highly dependent on the ability of underground miners to quickly and effectively suppress any fire. Murray Energy has developed a powerful fire suppression system that provides a robust first response capability.  The “Suppressor 60-400”, a compressed air foam fire suppression system, is an integrated, portable firefighting system that represents a big step in safety improvements for surface and underground mining operations.

The award winners in 2014 were:

Metal/Nonmetal Award – Freeport-McMorRan Inc.
An Integrated Approach to Real Time Data Analysis for Changing Ground Conditions

Coal Award – Keystone Mining Services, LLC/Jennmar Corporation and Signal Peak Energy
An Innovative Technology Solution to Improve Safety During Longwall Recovery Operations