The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training Emerges Victorious in National Mine Rescue Association Bench CompetitionJuly 26, 2023
Lexington, KY— The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (WV MHST) proudly announces that Safety Instructor Clinton Craddock placed first in the Kentucky Post No. 2 National Mine Rescue Association’s “Smoke Eaters” Bench Competition.
Craddock is a safety instructor and mine rescue team member of the WV MHST and West Virginia Training and Conference Center. In addition to placing first overall, he was recognized as the most knowledgeable individual and earned first place Benchman for the Drager BG4 breathing apparatus.
“I am thrilled to recognize Clinton’s victory at this competition,” said James Bailey, Secretary of the WV Department of Commerce. “On behalf of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, I commend him for his commitment to miners’ health and safety.”
“The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is immensely proud of Craddock’s outstanding accomplishment in the Kentucky Post No. 2 National Mine Rescue Association’s “Smoke Eaters’ Bench Competition,” said Frank Foster, Director of the WV MHST. “Craddock’s triumph not only showcases his individual capabilities but also highlights our organization’s commitment to fostering a culture of safety, knowledge, and excellence.”
The Kentucky Post No. 2 National Mine Rescue Association’s “Smoke Eaters” Bench Competition, widely regarded as a rigorous test of expertise and skill in mine safety and rescue operations, brings together talented professionals from across the industry.
“Craddock strives to be the best of the best when it comes to the Drager BG4 breathing apparatus. His dedication to enhancing mine safety surpasses all expectations,” said Mike Vickers, Mine Rescue Coordinator of the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training.
During the competition, participants faced a series of challenging scenarios, designed to assess their aptitude in various aspects of mine rescue techniques, equipment handling, and emergency response protocols. The competition’s focus on the Drager BG4 and BioPak 240R breathing apparatus underscores the critical importance of respiratory protection in hazardous mining environments.
Some of the key qualifications that contributed to his victory include:
Expertise in Drager BG4 Breathing Apparatus: Craddock displayed an unmatched level of proficiency in understanding the technical specifications, operational procedures, and maintenance protocols of the Drager BG4 breathing apparatus. His comprehensive knowledge of the equipment’s features and functionality provided a solid foundation for success.
In-depth Understanding of Respiratory Protection: With a deep understanding of the hazards associated with mining operations, Craddock showcased his mastery in respiratory protection strategies. He demonstrated the ability to identify potential risks, select appropriate personal protective equipment, and ensure effective utilization of the Drager BG4 breathing apparatus in hazardous environments.
Training and Certification: Craddock has diligently pursued advanced training and certifications in mine safety and rescue operations. His commitment to continuous learning and professional development has honed his skills and kept them up to date with the latest industry best practices.
“Craddock is a critical teammate of the West Virginia Training and Conference Center and we extend our heartfelt congratulations for his achievement and applaud his dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to promoting safety in the mining industry,” said Kimberly Bradley, Director of Operations at the West Virginia Training and Conference Center.
About the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training:
The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety & Training is responsible for the supervision and enforcement of the state’s mining laws, prioritizing the safety and well-being of those employed in or around mining operations. Their comprehensive approach involves not only inspections, enforcement, and investigations but also timely and functional training activities across the mining industry.
The agency conducts regular inspections, certifies and trains mine employees, investigates serious accidents, and maintains statistics on health and safety concerns. With 140 dedicated employees, they are committed to promoting safety in the industry and protecting the coal miner.
About the West Virginia Training and Conference Center:
Located conveniently near Corridor G/US-119 and the Southridge Shopping Center in Charleston, the West Virginia Training and Conference Center (WVTCC) is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, mine and electrical labs furnished with special equipment and advanced technology, the WVTCC offers a perfect atmosphere for meetings, conferences, and corporate events.
From banquet rooms to classrooms, electrical training labs, and a fully equipped mine simulation lab, the center accommodates various organizational needs. Additionally, the WVTCC provides safety trainers who can tailor training programs to meet specific requirements, ensuring that organizations receive comprehensive and customized