RT Welding & Fabrication, Inc. is the proud owner, designer and manufacturer of the RTW-RA, Rescue Alternative. Initially we were somewhat reluctant to get involved with a product that was so heavily regulated while at the same time was potentially disastrous for the manufacturer but more importantly for the lives of the endangered miners during a time of crises.
Being former coal miners, we understood the vulnerability of the miner. We also know and understand the inherent dangers the miner faces each day. This was all taken very seriously.
After being introduced to the Carbonoks Safe Haven by a client of ours that owned several and hearing his appreciation for this structurally superior chamber we began to see the importance of having a truly Safe Haven of temporary escape from disaster, a chamber that would quite probably withstand further dangers such as a secondary explosion or even a roof or rib collapse while being occupied by miners already in serious danger.
We grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky, right next door to the Scotia mine disaster of 1976 in neighboring Letcher County. We actually know and have worked with one of the survivors of this disaster. The series of explosions first took the lives of 15 miners and only 2 days later in a secondary explosion took another 11. (We are making no claim that our chamber or anyone else’s would have saved any of the 11 lives in the secondary mine explosion but we do fully believe survival from such an explosion in any type of inflatable RA would be remote at best.)
We invite you to take a serious look at the RTW-RA. We truly believe this Rescue Alternative is a legitimate, temporary escape from many of the dangers resulting from a mine fire or explosion.