22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar


22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar 

Date & Time: 12/5/2017 (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) - 12/6/2016 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) 

New Location: Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202 


The 22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar will once again be held in Louisville, Kentucky at a NEW location - Downtown Louisville Marriott. We have slated a good line up of speakers including presentations on ground control engineering solutions along with health and safety topics related to airblasts, dust control, and mine ventilation. The Early Bird Workshop will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th and will address updates to NIOSH research on lighting to improve safety and underground mine communication infrastructure. We will host a reception immediately following the Early Bird Workshop.

On Wednesday December 6, registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. followed by welcoming remarks at 8:00 a.m. We will kick off the meeting at 8:00 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. and wrap up the meeting with door prizes at 4:00 p.m.



ATTENDEE REGISTRATION PAGE - Please click here to register as an attendee

Attendee Registration Covers The Following: Reception drink tickets on day 1, breakfast and lunch on day 2, meeting materials and costs.


EXHIBITOR/SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION PAGE - Please click here to register as a Exhibitor/Sponsor

(Please clck the exhibitor/sponsorship link to see what is included.)

Cancelation policy - 3 business days notification to the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association office prior to the start of the conference.


The conference has a block of rooms reserved for Wednesday night March 1 at the Downtown Louisville Marriott. Deadline to receive the discounted room rate is Monday, Novermber 13th. To reserve a room, call 502-627-5045 and use the "KCSA Underground Stone Safety Seminar" rate. The room rate is $121.00 per night plus tax. We recommend reserving your hotel room early as the room block will fill up.

Hotel Reservation link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49098826/owner/18553/home


Double Bed Room 

Double Bedroom

King bedroom

Hotel lobby bar                                                                                                                   



Meeting Space


Champions Sports Bar - located inside the Marriott hotel


The 22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar
Preliminary Agenda (as of 9/21/17)
December 5, 2017 - Registration 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Near Kentucky Ballroom on 1st Floor)
Early Bird Workshop - 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Brendan Demich (NIOSH) – NIOSH Underground Lighting to Improve Safety
Dave Snyder (NIOSH) - Historical Perspective of Underground Communications Research
Adam Brenneman and Jay Savage (Pillar Innovations) – Mining Communications Infrastructure – A Backbone to Rely Upon
Wecolming Reception in the Exhibit Hall Area - 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Exhibits will be open during this time. Each attendee will have a paid drink ticket (included in your registration).
December 6, 2017
Morning Session: 8 am – 10 am
Nick Rodgers (Kentucky Crushed Stone) – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Nathan Rouse (RESPEC) – Control Underground Airblast to Protect Structures and Equipment
Brent Slaker (NIOSH) – Development of a Comprehensive Pillar and Roof Monitoring System at a Steeply Dipping Underground Limestone Mine
Justin Disney (LHoist) - Applying the Roof Fall Risk Ranking Method at the Crab Orchard Mine
Jim Winfield (Graymont) – Cable Bolt Installation Methods at the Pleasant Gap Mine
Morning Session: 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Garth Kuhnhein – Benefits of Large Diameter Fans for Mine Ventilation
Mike Fabio (Strata) – Water issues and consolidating loose materials
Deborah Tomko (MSHA) – Methods to Reduce Dust and Diesel Particulate Matter in Underground Stone Mines
Greg Parros (NextLook Technologies) – Providing Connectivity in Challenging Environments – New Developments and Solutions
Joe Casper (NSSGA) – NSSGA’s Approach to Health and Safety


Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.
Panel Session - Unique Safety Solutions 
Mark Luxbacher (LHoist)
Ken Stambaugh (Pennsy Supply)
Member #3 - TBA
Member #4 - TBA
Member #5 - TBA
Afternoon Session: 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Liming Yuan (NIOSH) – Mine Environmental Monitoring After Blasting Using Multiple Gas Sensors
Jon Baggett (Virginia Tech) – Utilization of GPR for Karst Void Detection in Underground Stone Mines
Mark Van Dyke (NIOSH) – Borescoping Technologies and How to Map/Interpret Results
Michael Murphy (NIOSH) –Update to the Stone Mine Pillar Design Software (S-Pillar V1.1 2017)
4:00 p.m. - Door Prizes, adjourn


For technical questions about the seminar, or if you would like to speak in the future, please contact:

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division
Michael Murphy - MMMurphy@cdc.gov  

Brent Slaker - BSlaker@cdc.gov


For Registration Help, please contact the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association's office:

Gaye Horton - gaye@kycsa.org

Nick Rodgers - nick@kycsa.org