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FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY Center for Mining Safety and Health Excellence Formed The Utah State Board of Regents has just approved a new Center for Min‐ ing Safety and Health Excellence at the University of Utah. The formation of the center goes back to 2008 after the fatal Crandall Canyon accident in eastern Utah. Six miners and three rescue workers were killed in the 2007 disaster. Within a year, the Utah Mine Safety Commission under former Gov. John Huntsman Jr. recommended creating an endowed chair in mine safety. Associate professor Tom Hethmon is the director of the new center at the university and is the founding chair. He said managing safety and health is a subtle issue. "They don't necessarily get that training in engineering school. So this is an attempt to inoculate the class of engineers that are coming out now with that knowledge so they get in those positions, they'll be better pre‐ pared to deal with it," he said. Funding of more than $1.5 million for the endowed chair was spearheaded by Consol Energy Inc. and Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. and other com‐ panies and individuals. Dr. Mike Nel‐ son is chair of the university's Department of Mining Engineering and associate director of the new center. He says there's no denying 3M Full Brim Hard Hat has Advanced Features the economy of risk management is a driving force. "Those who are most successful are those who manage their risk most successfully, whether it's risks re‐ lated to safety or the environment or government relations. They under‐ stand that all of these things come to‐ gether to make for a successful business," he said. University of Utah President David Pershing says the center will display the university's abilities to innovate and collaborate to help solve prob‐ lems that affect people working in the mining industry. VISTA Training Offers PC-based Bulldozer Simulator Hard‐hats have been an integral piece of personal protective equipment on jobsites for decades. With engineering ad‐ vancements in suspension design, a lightweight shell, and a patented ultraviolet (UV) indicator, the new 3M H‐800 Series Full Brim Hard Hat helps alleviate workers' frus‐ trations with hard hats on the job. VISTA Training now offers a PC‐based bulldozer simulator from Simlog. This instructionally designed simulation software puts trainees at the controls of a medium‐sized bulldozer at work in a typical construction site. Seven sim‐ ulation modules are structured to train entry‐level opera‐ tors on basic operation and core skills. Lessons begin with controls familiarization and progress to more complex tasks. The H‐800 series hard hat introduces an innovative de‐ sign that offers full‐brim protection, a smooth ratchet suspension, and also boasts an optional 3M Uvicator Sen‐ sor that changes color when the hard hat is exposed to UV light. This feature helps alert the wearer when it's time to replace the hard hat. "This new dozer simulator is the perfect complement to VISTA's dozer training programs," said VISTA Training President Rick Longstaff. "By using them together, fleet owners can provide comprehensive yet cost‐effective training to their operator candidates." "Over time, the sun's UV rays can cause a hard hat's shell to become brittle and compromise its ability to protect the wearer," said Chris Dujovski, product manager for 3M Head, Eye and Face Protection. "Adding a sun‐smart sen‐ sor to our H‐800 series full brim hard hats helps provide an easily observable indication of when it's time to take the hard hat out of service due to UV light overexposure." The H‐800 Series Full Brim Hard Hat is available in eleven different colors and can be customized with company logos. 3M, www.3M.com/PPESafety 56 ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 The operation of the bulldozer simulator can be customized to simulate the behavior of a wide variety of machines. For example, it can be configured to use separate foot pedals for the decelerator and brake, or just a single pedal that combines both functions. Blade speed can also be adjusted. As trainees perform tasks in the simulator, the software records data about key performance indicators that meas‐ ure how quickly and carefully the simulated work is per‐ formed. The simulator tracks more than 20 performance indicators. This data can be used to provide diagnostic coaching to trainees, to help them overcome weak spots in their skills. VISTA, www.vista‐training.com

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