Completely air tight…and designed to sustain life….just in case of a mining tragedy.
Miners can live in side the big yellow, steel encased box… until help arrives.
“You can get in this (Guardian) refuge chamber and actually stay there, food and water for 4 days,” said Connie Hendren of Mine Shield, LLC.
5 miners died in the Darby Mine Explosion in May 2006, the lone survivor says had the Guardian been there, those miners would have lived.
Mine Shield and its 34 employees started the Garrard County operation about 2 years ago. Hundreds of the refuge chambers were shipped out to American mines.
But then China got interested.
“Our steel is superior to China’s steel,” said Hendren.
So the unit will soon be on its way overseas, but like there, company officials admit they hope they’ve made a product that will never have to be used.
“We hope we put 1,000 of these out there and no one ever has to open the door, but if they do, they’ll have a secure location,” said Hendren.