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A Tribute to Jed Mosgrove
1914 - 1984

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J.H. "Jed" Mosgrove continues to influence mine safety, as evidenced by this revision of the classic "mine foreman's red book," a publication which he co-authored and edited in its previous editions.  The Kentucky Mining Institute recognizes the need to update and revise the Fourth Edition and hereby dedicates this Fifth Edition to the "father of modern mine safety in Kentucky."

A native of Letcher County, Kentucky, Jed Mosgrove's mining career spanned over 50 years, beginning as a coal loader at age 16 and ending as a top executive with a coal association.  After graduating from high school, Jed became a mine foreman, held subsequent positions as a safety director for a coal company and three coal associations, and later served as a mine inspector for an insurance company.  He joined the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals in 1962 as an inspector and was appointed deputy commissioner before ending his tenure there 12 years later.  Jed then served as vice president of the Kentucky Coal Association from 1974 until his death in 1984.

Throughout his career, mine safety was fundamental to his actions, and he believed that training was the way to achieve it.  He was always teaching, whether the pupil was a fellow miner, a young mining student, an inspector, a legislator, or a newspaper reporter.  He believed in the need for a well-written, understandable mine safety reference book that foremen could use for their information, as well as in teaching safety to miners under their supervision.  The mining industry is indebted to Jed Mosgrove for his leadership and work in making the Coal Mining Reference Book possible for today's mine foreman and for those of the 21st century. 


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