POCA, W.Va.-Carbonoks, a manufacturer of mine safety products, will soon ramp up assembly of a new coal mine rescue chamber.
Pending government approval of the device, Carbonoks will begin assembling the Safe Haven rescue chamber at a facility in Poca, providing up to 90 jobs.
A Safe Haven unit travels with miners into the underground mine to provide a shelter in case of an emergency. It moves throughout the mine on skids or on a shuttle car. Up to 16 miners can retreat to the chamber and await rescue. The chamber is made of a unique material that can withstand high heat temperatures, is explosive resistant and is airtight.MORE