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MSHA News Release No. 95-009
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: (703) 235-1452

February 3, 1995

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS OF FATAL MINE ACCIDENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Reports recounting fatal accident investigations in mining can now be accessed via Labor News, the U.S. Department of Labor's electronic bulletin board.

These detailed narratives issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) include background information, events preceding the accident, recovery operations, the actual investigation, contributing violations and a sketch of the accident scene.

"There are important lessons to be learned from each and every accident investigation," said Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health J. Davitt McAteer. "The wider the audience for these reports, the greater the potential for accident reduction."

"These reports can serve as a useful training tool for mine operators, independent contractors and miners' representatives," McAteer added.

Currently there are 28 fatal accident investigation reports available on Labor News. Subsequent reports will be placed on the system as they are released by MSHA, and they will remain there for at least six months.

Labor News also affords quick access to current mining regulations, program information bulletins and policy memoranda. All you need is a personal computer and a modem. To access, dial the data line at (202) 219-4784, using settings N,8,1. To read the accident report files, choose "M" for the main library, "S" to select a library, then type "accident" at the prompt.

For further information about Labor News, contact Dave Dickerson, the system operator, at (202) 219-8831.