Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on April 17, 2012 @ 10:25AM
Created on April 13, 2012 @ 6:49PM
Ever since the Sago and Upper Big Branch mine disasters, mining officials have been working to create a "through the earth" communications system that will improve mine safety. And with the unveil of that new system at a Marion County mine today, officials may have finally reached that goal.
A group called Lockheed Martin has created a device that will allow miners underground to use magnetic pulses to talk to people on the surface, during an emergency situation. It's the first device of this kind to be approved by MSHA. Today, officials unveiled the new technology at Consol's Robinson Run mine in Mannington.
This new mining communication device is still in the evaluation stages, but officials say this is a huge step forward in improving the health and safety of our miners.
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