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South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference
March 26-29, 2018
The 36th annual South Central Joint Mine Health and Safety Conference was held in Dallas, Texas March 26-29, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole. This grand facility accommodates many conference goers. This year, the mining group numbered about 350. Several Oklahoma mining companies attended and/or sponsored this multi-state event. There were over 35 vendors in the exhibit hall. The Oklahoma Department of Mines (ODM) was among the exhibitors. Our booth was manned by ODM Coal Permit Officer Stacy Woody, ODM Inspector Kevin Woody, and Sherry Stanley. 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 hardhat stickers were distributed. The booth and the participants represented ODM very professionally.
The ODM conference attendees were Director Mary Ann Pritchard and Minerals Division Administrator Richard Shore along with OMTI Director Clarence (Buzz) Stanley.
A wide range of subjects were offered during the daily workshops with many informative presentations. During the MSHA awards luncheon, a number of Oklahoma mining operators were recognized for their safety records with awards. Oklahoma Mining Commissioners John Curtis (Sherwood Construction dba Greenhill Materials) and Kurt Klutts (U.S. Lime Company - St. Clair) were among the award recipients.
One of the most important aspects of this conference is to network with colleagues, as well as discussing national issues with MSHA representatives. MSHA South Central Director Mike Davis announced he will retire this year. Mr. Davis has been a strong advocate for the mining industry and a good friend to our agency.