Drilling makes a difference. Just ask Jeff Hart.
The Chilean Mine Rescue captivated the world eight years ago last month. While the collapse happened Aug. 5, 2010, at the mine north of Copiapó, Chile, news 17 days later that 33 miners survived and were trapped a half-mile below the surface grabbed the world’s attention. Hart, the director of field operations for Layne, got a satellite phone call on a jobsite half a world away, in Afghanistan. He and a team rushed to Chile to help. The rest is history: the team of Layne drillers (and others), a Schramm T130XD and hammers from Center Rock reached the miners first. They widened that pilot hole into the 28-inch shaft that allowed rescue using specially built rescue capsules. The 33 miners were brought back to the surface on Oct. 13.