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Statement of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and
Health Dave D. Lauriski on Focused Inspection Study

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has made available to the public an independent report on the agency's mine safety and health inspection program. ICF Consulting of Fairfax, Va., conducted the study and made recommendations on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of MSHA's mine inspection programs and activities. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski released the following statement today concerning the study.

"Injuries and fatalities in the U.S. mining industry are at an all-time low. We have been taking a comprehensive look at agency operations to figure out how to get to the next level in mine safety -- zero mining fatalities, injuries and illnesses," said Lauriski. "This third-party review is just one of the many tools we at MSHA are using in our ongoing evaluations of agency operations. This report does support some improvements that we have already made at MSHA, though the report itself was not the sole catalyst for those changes. The study took a fresh look at how to enhance mine safety and we may not find every recommendation to be useful. We are still evaluating the report along with a lot of other information, including the practical experience of seasoned MSHA professionals to ensure that we provide the highest level of service to American miners. Our goal remains to send each and every miner home safe and healthy after each shift."

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