$1million awarded to six U.S mining organisations to improve and enhance mine safety training
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $1 million to six organisations across the U.S to develop training programs and materials that support mine rescue and mine emergency preparedness for underground mines.
From the U.S Department of Labor, the Brookwood-Sago grant program was created to promote mine safety and honour the 25 men who died in Brookwood, Alabama, in 2001 at the Jim Walters #5 mine, and in Buchannon, West Virginia, in 2006 at the Sago Mine.
Here are the organisations benefiting from the 2016 Brookwood-Sago program:
- The Colorado School of Mines – the school in Golden will receive $240,024 in funding to provide quality training to mine rescue teams. With a focus on enhancing the knowledge and skills for mine rescue teams and incident command staff, training will improve technical rescue, communications and decision making during mine emergencies
- Rend Lake College – the college in Illinois will receive $134,240 in funding to improve training for mine rescue officials and mine rescue teams with a specific focus on mine fire brigade training and increased preparedness for those involved in mine emergencies
- Colorado Department of Natural Resources – the organisation will receive $217,877 to provide advanced mine rescue skills straining for all underground mines and mine emergency prevention in Colorado
- University of Arizona - $187,054 will go on improving self-escape skills during underground mine emergencies, through the use of virtual reality gaming
- Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy - $50,000 will go into developing training materials and training on mine emergency preparation and prevention
- West Virginia University - $171,805 will go towards the development and implementation of enhanced and realistic mine rescue training exercises that combine the efforts and abilities of a mine rescue team and fire brigade responding to a simulated coal mine fire emergency and locating missing personnel
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Mining Profile: Gary Nagle, CEO, Glencore
Gary Nagle has spent his career in mining, across two decades, with Glencore – the Anglo-Swiss metals and mining company with a diverse global portfolio. Nagle is a one company man who has experienced the journey of the resources industry from boots on the ground to the boardroom. He will succeed Ivan Glasenberg as Glencore’s CEO in July 2021
Gary Nagle was born in South Africa in 1975 where he earned degrees in commerce and accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1999. Nagle joined Glencore in 2000 as an asset manager in the coal department. His rise was swift; by 2007 he was named chief executive of the company’s Colombian coal operation, Prodeco.
Following the acquisition of Xstrata in 2013, Nagle moved to run the company’s South Africa-focused alloy assets, before being named head of the company’s global coal assets portfolio in 2018
Building his career by rising through the ranks of Glencore’s coal department Nagles was considered the most likely to succeed Glasenberg due to his asset-focus; mining accounts for a growing share of Glencore’s revenue as it moves away from its origins as a pure trader.
Glencore’s Chairman, Tony Hayward, commented on the appointment: “Gary Nagle has held senior roles in coal and ferroalloys in Colombia, South Africa and Australia. He has been on the Board’s radar for more than several years and was selected following a succession process overseen by the Board. We are confident that he has the right skill set and qualities to lead the Glencore of tomorrow.”
Ivan Glasenberg is retiring from his role as CEO after nearly 20 years at the helm of Glencore which saw him complete one of the largest mining mergers in history, with Xstrata. Looking back on his time at Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader, Glasenberg reflected: “I am proud of the great company that we have built. Together, we have created one of the world’s largest diversified miners and marketers of commodities. Today, our diversified portfolio uniquely positions us to play an essential role in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Glencore has announced plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 by reducing its direct and indirect carbon footprint by 40% by 2035.
Glasenberg has served as mentor to Nagle who has followed a similar career path at Glencore rising to the role of CEO via heading up the company’s global coal business.
“I have worked with Gary since he joined the company twenty years ago,” recalled Glasenberg. “I have always regarded it as a critical part of my job to develop the next generation of leadership at Glencore and I am proud of the strong leadership team that we developed from which we were able to select Gary. I am confident that his leadership, along with the support of the management team, will enable Glencore to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead and be a strong custodian for my shareholding in the company.”
Looking ahead to the challenges awaiting him, Nagle was full of optimism: “I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board and honoured to be appointed CEO at such an exciting time for Glencore. We will continue to deliver value to our shareholders, while operating safely and responsibly.”
Nagle will relocate from Australia to Switzerland to take up his new role.