Mine medics in high demand
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:01 pm
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Coal miners trained to administer first aid to injured co-workers are making a dangerous occupation a little safer.
They’re also increasing their job security by getting certification in a field that is high demand, the Harlan Daily Enterprise reported.
“Situations at every coal mine arise,” said Roger Gilliam, safety director for Black Mountain Resources. “That’s just the nature of it. But when you have a highly trained and efficient MET (mine emergency technician) on site, situations are often kept from becoming bad situations.”
Murrel Dixon, director of the Kentucky Coal Academy’s medic training program at Southeast Community and Technical College in Cumberland said the medics can administer immediate aid to miners injured on the job.
Classes for mine medics are growing in popularity, producing a growing number of first responders for the mining industry in the coalfields.