Justin McElhattan, President and CEO of Industrial Scientific Corporation participated in a local panel discussion at Carnegie Mellon University regarding specific technological advancements in mine safety.
With the recent mining tragedy in West Virginia, the industry is faced with questions regarding how safe mining is today.
"Every day, miners risk their lives while doing their jobs. And so it is our job at Industrial Scientific to preserve human life by developing the best products and services, which ensure safety and prevent incidents that can lead to injury while on the job," McElhattan said.
Coal mining has maintained a strong presence in the Pittsburgh region throughout its history.
In the early 1900s, mining expansion brought tremendous social and economic affluence to the area.
Despite the changes the industry has undergone since then, coal continues to have a lasting, global impact as the world's largest source of energy for the generation of electricity today.
Other participants in the panel discussion include Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04), J. Brett Harvey, CEO of CONSOL Energy, Ted L. Doheny II, President and COO, Joy Mining Machinery and representatives from Carnegie Mellon University.