Head of State Mining Authorities Meetings

The Heads of State Mining Authorities meeting brings together the Senior Person from each European Country on an annual basis to discuss issues relating to health, safety, the environment and mining licensing.

The 20th Meeting of the Head of State Mining Authorities was held in the City North Hotel in Dublin on the 9th and 10th of October 2014. Presentations about major mining incidents and mines rescue were given by speakers from Austria, Estonia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.


Group Photo

The 20th Meeting identified the benefits of sharing information on Mines Rescue Services, Mines Rescue Equipment and major deployments of mines rescue personnel to attend to incidents and the outcomes of such intervention and the continued cooperation between the European State Mining Authorities concerning both mutually important specific topics and also general topics of current interest including mutual assistance in all matters including emergency response preparedness and resulted in the agreement of a signed memorandum

The presentations made at the meeting are available below

The Austrian mine rescue serviceAustriaThomas SPÖRKER
Mining legislation and mining Safety in EstoniaEstoniaErki Närep
Legislation changes after serious rockburstCzech RepublicIvo Pěgrimek
Significant Mining Incidents in FinlandFinlandTaimo Tihinen
Geotechnical Safety in Rehabilitation Mining in the State of BrandenburgGermanyKlaus Freytag
New challenges for mine rescue in SaxonyGermanyBernard Cramer
Tara Mine Fire Incident April 2014IrelandJim Holmes
The outcome resulting from proposals of Commissions for Investigation of accidents in Polishcopper ore minesPolandRobert Podolski
Coal Mine Fatality in Mine HandlovaSlovakiaPeter Kúkelčík
Major Mining Accidents Occurred in Jiu Valley Coal Field between 1990-2014RomaniaVlad Păsculescu
Mines Safety Regulations for the 21st CenturyUnited KindgomSteve Denton

There was also a video presented showing a simulated mining incident in an Austrian Tourist Mine involving Mine Rescue Teams working with other emergency services