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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 03-25
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9425

Released Monday, February 10, 2003

Workshop in Twin Falls, Idaho Targets Safety At Stone, Sand and Gravel Mines

SEATTLE - 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 a free workshop March 13, in Twin Falls, Idaho, at the Twin Falls Ameritel Motel, 1377 Blue Lake Blvd. N., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is one of more than 30 cooperative mine safety and health workshops scheduled in the country to increase awareness of mining hazards. Safety professionals from mining companies and MSHA personnel will share information and experiences about 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.

Please contact Collin Galloway at 208-334-1835 for details on the free mine safety workshop in Twin Falls, Idaho.

For additional information, visit MSHA's web site at www.msha.gov.