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DOL/MSHA News Release
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Suzy Bohnert
Phone: (202) 693-9420

Released Tuesday, May 11, 2004

MSHA Releases Fourth Volume of "Mine Safety Minutes" to Communicate with Miners, Operators

ARLINGTON, Va. -The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced the release of its fourth volume of "Mine Safety Minutes," a series of one-minute public service announcements from the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health that remind miners and mine operators about on-the-job hazards and how to avoid them.

"Mining is still a hazardous occupation. Miners, like anyone else, need frequent reminders about work-environment dangers," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We ask radio stations in mining communities, who share our desire to see mining fatalities and injuries reduced and eliminated in this country, to play the "Mine Safety Minutes" for miners in their area."

The newest volume of "Mine Safety Minutes" discusses risks with mobile equipment and how accidents involving this equipment killed nearly one-third of all mining accident victims last year. Lauriski tells listeners to thoroughly inspect equipment and wear seat belts whenever operating mobile equipment.

First developed and produced for distribution early in 2003, the "Mine Safety Minutes" are packaged on compact disks. Past audio messages have included mining workplace issues such as roof falls; small-mine safety; winter weather hazards; maintenance accidents; independent contractor safety; supervisor safety; and water inundations.

"We believe these messages are quite valuable for the miners and their families," Lauriski added. "To reach the next level in mine safety, we have to raise the level of awareness in the community concerning hazards that cause fatal accidents in the mining industry. We ask for assistance from radio station managers nationwide to get these messages out to the mining community."

Radio station managers interested in receiving a complete set of the "Mine Safety Minutes" should send an e-mail message to MSHA's assistant secretary at zzMSHA-asmsha@dol.gov. Previous audio clips and text versions of the "Mine Safety Minutes" are on the Internet at http://www.msha.gov/media/psa.htm under the audio clips heading.