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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 03-19
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9425

Released Friday, February 6, 2003

Workshop Targets Safety At Stone, Sand and Gravel Mines
Free "spring thaw" seminar at Contractors Training Hall, Port Lavaca, Feb. 12


DALLAS -The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in cooperation with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, will present two free workshops, the first starting at 8 a.m. and the second one starting at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12 at the Contractors Training Hall, State Highway 35 in Port Lavaca, Texas.

More than 30 cooperative mine safety and health workshops will be held around the nation to increase awareness of mining hazards. Safety professionals from mining companies as well as MSHA personnel will share information and experiences in dealing with mining hazards.

"MSHA is using all the tools provided in the law - enforcement, education and training and technical assistance - to encourage all mine operators to embrace safety as a value so we can send every miner home safe and healthy at the end of every working shift," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "As part of this process, we are working closely with the stone, sand and gravel industry to develop seminars providing up-to-date and practical information to help mine operators achieve the next level of safety performance."

The workshops will focus on effective safety and health programs, safe maintenance and repair activities, and the hidden costs of mining accidents. Seminar leaders will also discuss specific safety hazards encountered by mining operations in particular regions of the country.

The seminars will coincide with winter's end, when many intermittently operated mining operations begin producing again, often with new employees who are new to the mining environment. Statistics show that accidents in stone, sand and gravel mines tend to increase during April and May.

There is no charge to attend the seminars. For additional information on these workshops, please call the MSHA South Central District office at (214) 767-8401 and ask for Michael Davis, the assistant district manager. Information is also available on the MSHA web site at www.msha.gov