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Expert in Coal Mine Safety Regulations, underground , surface and highwall miners. Areas of expertise is Under

Expert ID: 730271 Alabama, USA

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Expert currently provides education and training services to various mining entities. These services encompasses surface coal production, underground coal production and preparation plant facilities.
My areas of knowledge and responsibility were that of managing, regulatory compliance with both health and safety issues (Risk Analysis). I assisted with various mine plans as it pertains to safety in the following areas mine emergency operations, roof control, fire fighting, mine rescue training, ventilation plans, dust and noise control these are to name just a few . I am also responsible for overseeing accident investigations, and violation reduction along with violation conferences .I provide training for supervisory staff and hourly staff in the area of employment development, such as operator training, supervisory training, and communications training. In addition, I have an extensive background in mine emergency operations and education and training program development. I had designed and implemented a state of the art Training Center along with a fully equipped mine lab. This lab depicted an underground mine complete with mining equipment. In addition, I was instrumental in designing, acquiring and training of the mobile mine rescue station and team members .Designed and coordinated Mine Rescue Contest for comprehensive training scenario. I have trained & won several awards in mine rescue competition during several years of competition. I have 34 years mining experience in both underground, conventional, continuous, long wall, & surface mining mountain top removal contour, Highwall mining. I have 11 years experience as a state official as underground WV mine inspector, safety instructor & administrator. I was an adjunct instructor at the National Mine Academy for the department of Labor (MSHA) were I was instructor that was instrumental in mine emergency operations training,& special investigations training to name a few . I have an extensive background in mine rescue operations, MSHA and state inspection procedures and instruction thereof.


Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Birmingham, Alabama - Montgomery, Alabama - Huntsville, Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Decatur, Alabama

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: vocational Technical Subject: Mining Institution: McDowell County Vo-Tech School
Year: Degree: none Subject: Mining Engineering Institution: Bluefield State College
Year: Degree: none Subject: MIne Emergency Operations Institution: West Virginia University
Year: Degree: none Subject: Mine Emergency OPerations Institution: Natinoal Mine Academy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: Coleman MIne Safety Training LLC Title: Owner/ General manager Department: MIne Safety Responsibilities: . Expert via Expert Mine Safety Training LLC currently provides education and training services to various mining entities. These services encompasses surface coal production, underground coal production and preparation plant facilities.
My areas of knowledge and responsibility was is that of managing regulatory compliance with both health and safety issues(Risk Analysis). I assisted with various mine plans as it pertains to safety in the following areas mine emergency operations, roof control, fire fighting, mine rescue training, ventilation plans, dust and noise control these are to name just a few
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: International Coal Group Title: Regional manager of Safety Department: Safety and Traiining Responsibilities: currently provides education and training services to various mining entities. These services encompasses surface coal production, underground coal production and preparation plant facilities.
My areas of knowledge and responsibility was is that of managing regulatory compliance with both health and safety issues(Risk Analysis). I assisted with various mine plans as it pertains to safety in the following areas mine emergency operations, roof control, fire fighting, mine rescue training, ventilation plans, dust and noise control these are to name just a few
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Progress Coal Co , INC Title: Director of HR and Safety Department: Safety and Human Rescources Responsibilities: Responsible for overseeing the implementation and adherence to Massey Energy’s Safety Policy, as well as state and federal regulations and for the training of each person pursuant thereof. I am also primarily responsible for designing the following training programs: Advanced Apprentice Miner Training; Underground, Surface and Preparation Plant Supervisory Training pursuant to Pre-Shift / On-Shift examination and the Initial Coal Truck Driver Training. In addition, I have also developed accident prevention programs and follow-up procedures pursuant to post-accident investigation. Also, I am responsible for state and federal violation conferences and legal cases resulting from enforcement actions. I also was directly responsible for designing, submitting and implementing all high wall miner retrieval plans for Massey Energy. I am responsible for identifying, interviewing,hiring, processing and training of surface and underground coal miners, both experienced and entry-level.


Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: MArfork Coal Co . Title: Safety Directoor Department: Safety Responsibilities: currently provides safety education and training services to various mining entities. These services encompasses surface coal production, underground coal production and preparation plant facilities.
Years: 1989 to 2000 Employer: Wet Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety and Training Title: Safety Instructor / Administrator Department: Safety Responsibilities: Responsible for State grants program, Mine Rescue Contests, Mine Rescue Operations, Certification and Training Program job Safety Analysis, Training Board Meetings, Attending informal meetings (MSHA) to coordinate state’s training and enforcement activities with that of MSHA (Please see attached copy of ‘Current Accomplishments’). All duties were performed on a state level.

Responsible for State grants program, Mine Rescue Contests, Mine Rescue Operations, Certification and Training Program job Safety Analysis, Training Board Meetings, Attending informal meetings (MSHA) to coordinate state’s training and enforcement activities with that of MSHA (Please refer to copies marked ‘Safety Instructors Job Description’ and ‘Letter of Explanation’). All duties were performed on a regional level
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: Virginia Crews Coal Company Title: Equipment Operator & Fill in Foreman Department: Underground Production / Training / Mine Rescue Responsibilities: Fireboss Foreman

Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a continuous miner section, overseeing the care an upkeep of a ventilating circuit and making sure all persons under my care were performing their jobs safely.
Years: 1981 to 1989 Employer: Safety Systems Ltd. Title: Owner / G. M. Department: Mine Safety Responsibilities: Responsible for addressing health and safety issues for surface and underground coal operators on a contractual basis. Providing services such as comprehensive safety programs, annual retraining, supervisory training, attending assessment conference hearings dust and noise surveys & accident investigation.
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: low ash coal company Inc. Title: Equipment Operator / E.M.T. Department: Underground Production Responsibilities: Equipment Operator

Responsible for the safe and efficient production of coal utilizing the continuous mining method, in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with state and federal law.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
I have been deposed at least 25 times in my mining career concerining mine accidents and regulatory compliance.
I have testified in state and federal court concerning mine safety especially in the areas of mine training and regulatory compliance.
Training / Seminars
I developed the Advanced Apprentice Miners training Course for Massey Energy and trained over 400 apprentice miners.
I developed the Underground and Surface pre-shift examination and on-shift examination for Massey energy and that program was adopted by the National Mine Academy as a stand alone program for supervisory developement.
I have been a guest presenter at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy for their International Instructors Conference for the last 10 years.
Vendor Selection
I have over 35 years experience in Mining and throughout those years I have an extensive knowledge of mine suppliers and vendors that I can share with you to make your case a success.
Marketing Experience
As a former West Virginia State Mine Safety Official and for having worked for some of the largest coal companies in the United States for the last 34 years I have been ed blessed with a very large network on which to draw information from.
Other Relevant Experience
I have a working knowledge of of MSHA 110 Special Iinvestigations and the tactics they use. I am also regarded as a industry rescource in the areas of mine training and in the area of mine rescue in particular. I also have a back ground in mine health and safety plans for both surface and underground mines.
IN regards to training I am also a MSHA certified Instructor Trainer .

Fields of Expertise

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