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South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference
April 15-18, 2019
The 37th annual South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference was held in Dallas, Texas April 15-18, 2019, at the HIlton Anatole. This grand facility accommodates many conference goers. This year, the mining group numbered about 325. Several Oklahoma mining companies attended and/or sponsored this multi-state event. There were approximately 27 vendors in the exhibit hall. The Oklahoma Department of Mines (ODM) was amount the exhibitors. Our booth was manned by ODM Coal Permit Officer Stacy Woody, and ODM Inspector Kevin Woody. There was information on ODM's programs, ODM Safety Grams and Oklahoma's Surface Safety Standards. ODM's operational information cards and our new reflective hardhad stickers were distributed. The booth and the participants represented ODM very professionally.
The ODM conference attendees were Director Mary Ann Pritchard and Minerals Program Administrator Richard Shore along with OMTI Director Clarence (Buzz( Stanley.
A wide range of subjects was offered during the daily workshops with many informative presentations. One presentation called Leading the Way was led by Mr. Keni Thomas, retired Staff Sargent 3rd Army Ranger Battalion, who discussed his BlackHawk Down experience as an approach to leadership. Mr. David P. Liffig, the keynote banquet speaker, discussed his passionate impact about workplace safety and how this results positively in leadership on individuals and organizatios with The Magic of Zero.
During the awards luncheon this year, eight (8) safety mining awards were given to individuals who had no lost time accidents with a minimum of 36 years' service in the industry. There was one individual with 42 years with no lost time accidents.
One of the most important aspects of this conference is to network with colleagues, as well as discussing national issues with MSHA representatives. Notable MSHA attendees included Mr. William O'Dell, South Central District Manager and Mr. Way Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary from Arlington, Virginia.