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MSHA News Release No. 95-005
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

January 19, 1995

FREE MINE SAFETY SEMINAR AIMS TO HELP TRUCK DRIVERS STAY SAFE

On Thursday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m., the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in cooperation with the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety, and Training will hold a safety seminar for drivers of mine trucks and other surface mine transportation equipment at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy, Airport Rd., Beckley, W. Va.

Operators of mine trucks--including contract truck drivers-- are strongly encouraged to attend.

The seminar will provide information on checking trucks--and especially truck brakes--for safety hazards, as well as other steps to avoid accidents.

There is no charge for the seminar and participants may register at the door.

For more information, truck drivers and other mining personnel should contact Carl Jenkins in MSHA's Mount Carbon office at (304) 442-5145 or Ron Dunbar in MSHA's Mt. Hope office, (304) 877-3900.

The seminar in Beckley is one of a series being held in mining areas throughout the nation.

During the past five years, approximately 100 miners nationwide have lost their lives in accidents that involved trucks and other mobile surface transportation equipment.