UA team to work with mining industry partners with research grant

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

University of Arizona students will soon make a dent in improving mining safety.

The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health awarded a $1.3 million grant for students to conduct two mining safety research projects in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the UA.

UA officials said $669,208 of the funding will help identify effective risk management interventions, and $663,817 will help improve of mine safety training effectiveness.

Officials said about 50,000 Arizonans work in the mining industry. The university offers classes geared toward geology and mining engineering, including health, safety and environment courses, according to a news release.

According to the release, mining led to 20 deaths across the U.S. in 2013 and 36 deaths in 2012.

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