June 2, 2009 | Barb Carr

Meet TapRooT® Instructor: Ken Scott


Ken Scott worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as an Instructor at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy. He developed MSHA’s Accident Investigation Training Program, and investigated many mining accidents including mine explosions. Ken is a Certified Mine Safety Professional. He has a BS in Agriculture, and a MS in Safety (Mining).

Ken will be leading an Accident Presentation Crandall Canyon Coal Mine Disaster at the 2009 TapRooT® Summit.

This presentation is an overview of the tragic coal mine accident that occurred at the Crandall Canyon coal mine, Utah, in August 2007. The disaster involved two events and lead to the total deaths of six miners and three rescue workers. The first event resulted in the deaths of 6 miners when the overstressed coal pillars suddenly failed during mining activities, violently expelling coal from the barrier pillars into the mine openings. The mine pillar failure was so violent that it was recorded as a seismic event of 3.9 magnitude and was felt more than 3 miles away. The second incident occurred ten days later during rescue efforts when another mine failure occurred. The second mine failure, “outburst”, incident lead to the death of three rescue workers and the injury of six others. The miners that died during the original mine failure have never been recovered.

Ken will also be facilitating the Mining Best Practice Sharing session.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Ken in Nashville, Tennessee, October 7-9, 2009. Learn more about our Instructors and Best Practice Presenters on our website!

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