Mine rescue technology advances by ‘leaps and bounds’

Source: Trib Live

Two days after announcing that deaths in the mining industry had hit a historic low, officials unveiled the latest advancements in mine rescue technology — including a “snake robot” that can descend 2,000 feet down a 4-inch hole bored into the earth.

While officials said the latest developments give the U.S the most sophisticated mine rescue tools in the world, they cautioned against complacency.

“We cannot be lulled into believing that the era of mine disaster and emergencies are over,” said Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. “The day we do that, we’re not going to be ready for the next event.”

Twenty-five miners died in U.S mines in 2016, an all-time low, and down from 29 deaths in 2015, MSHA announced Tuesday. Abo

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