Maps of the underground mines
Pattison Sand Company operates two underground mines: The Pattison Mine, and the Willie Mine. Both mines produce excellent quality sand from the St Peter formation. Entrance to either mine is limited to authorized and trained personnel. All visitors to the mines must use the Tag-in, Tag-out system. Tag board locations, and procedures will be explained to you by your guide prior to entry.
The Pattison Mine
The Pattison Mine began production over 100 years ago under previous ownership & management. The company began producing sand from the Pattison mine in 2008. When the reserves in the Pattison mine are depleted, the primary source of production will change to the Willie Mine.
The Pattison mine entrance is northeast of the Shop area against the bluff. (The Portal AQ, pictured in the photo to the right.
The Willie Mine
The Willie mine is located at the Southwest end of the Pattison Property. The mine can be accessed by crossing Mississippi Road and traveling up the access road to the mine office.
The mine office is a portable building located in the center of the parking pad. Do not block mine equipment when parking, always park directly in front of the office.
Emergency and Evacuation Procedures
- Mine maps and Evacuation Plans are located in the mine office on the employee bulletin board, on the North wall of the Shop Office, at the Cabin, and in the Wet/Dry Plant Control Room.
- (AED) is an Atmospheric Electrical Discharge detector. It is a portable device that detects lightening, and other atmospheric electricity discharges.
In the event of an emergency, it is critical that you understand exactly what you should do. In order to safely and quickly evacuate your present location, you must know where you are, and what route to take to the exit. You must be familiar with existing evacuation plans, and know where to evacuate to.
Maps and evacuation plans
Mine maps and Evacuation Plans are located in the mine office on the employee bulletin board, on the North wall of the Shop Office, at the Cabin, and in the Wet/Dry Plant Control Room. These maps and plans lay out exactly how to orderly and safely exit the mine, and where to muster. You must follow the clearly marked escapeways when exiting the mine.
Escapeways are marked on all mine maps. Additionally, signs are located in each of the mines that identify escape routes. In the event of an emergency in the mine that requires an evacuation. the following alarms are utilized:
- Pattison Mine - White flashing strobe lights
- Wille Mine - Audible air horn (one extended blast of the horn)
In the event that a mine evacuation is required, persons must shut off and leave mobile equipment in place at the time the alarm sounds, and immediately walk out of the mine.
The assembly area (The muster area) following a mine evacuation is at the tag board outside the mine. All persons should stay at the tag board until a head count has been completed and all persons are accounted for.
Emergency equipment like fire extinguishers, emergency defibrillators, and clearly marked equipment shutoff panels can save lives when seconds count. Understanding where these items are kept can help you prevent small problems from becoming big emergencies
First Aid Kits
First aid kits can be found in all company buildings and in all company vehicles.
Fire extinguishers are kept in the cab or on the access platforms of all motorized equipment and in all buildings. Any use of a fire extinguisher must be reported to a company representative.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. AED's kept at the shop office, the bluff plant MCC, the middle plant MCC, and the mine trailer.