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MSHA News Release No. 99-0629
Mine Safety and Health Administration - USDOL
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: 703-235-1452

Released Tuesday, June 29, 1999 MSHA Selects Two New Directors for Educational Training and Technical Support

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the selection of two new directors at its headquarters in Arlington, Va. Jeffrey Duncan will serve as director of Educational Policy and Development, and Mark Skiles becomes director of Technical Support.

Duncan began his career as an underground coal miner for the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company. Since 1988, he worked for the United Mine Workers of America, first as an international representative and then as deputy administrator of Occupational Health and Safety. He also was assigned to several national health and safety projects including mine emergency response, evaluation of new mining technologies and diesel emissions control.

Prior to joining MSHA, Skiles served as general superintendent of Marrowbone Creek Mine and corporate safety director for Zeigler Coal Holding Company, where he was responsible for five deep mines. In 1997, Skiles was named Safety Innovator of the Year and in 1998, Holmes Safety Leader of the Year in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

"Mark and Jeff collectively bring nearly 60 years of mining expertise to their new positions," said J. Davitt McAteer, assistant labor secretary for mine safety and health. "I am confident that their commitment to protecting miners from injury and illness will make a deep and lasting impact at MSHA."

MSHA's Educational Policy and Development Office administers the agency's training programs. From the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, W.Va, this division conducts training on a variety of mine health and safety topics for specialists from government, industry and labor.

The MSHA Office of Technical Support provides engineering and technical aid, approves equipment and materials for safe mining use, and assists in mine emergencies and accident investigations. This division operates major facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.