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DOL News Release No. 04-1933-NAT
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Suzy Bohnert
Phone: (202) 693-9420

Released Monday, September 27, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Officials Join National Mining Association Attendees at MINExpo in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON - Two Labor Department officials will participate in meetings at MINExpo in Las Vegas, which convenes on Monday, September 27, 2004. The conference is sponsored by the National Mining Association.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Emily Stover DeRocco meets with mining industry representatives in Las Vegas today to discuss ways to meet the industry's demand for tech-savvy workers for the next generation of mines. DeRocco is moderating the Energy Industry Executive Forum at the National Mining Association's MINExpo.

On Tuesday, September 28, 2004, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave Lauriski will speak about Getting to Zero: The Stakeholder's Role in Making an Industry Free of Fatalities & Injuries. Last year the mining industry set its best safety record since statistics were first compiled in 1910. This decline in injuries and fatalities is the result of a number of factors, including new MSHA initiatives and programs, alliances, technical advances, and an emphasis on compliance assistance. Taken together, MSHA and its stakeholders have created and are now institutionalizing an industry-wide culture of prevention and compliance.

WHAT:PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN:Monday, September 27, 2004, 10:30- 11:00 AM PDT
WHO:Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training
Emily Stover DeRocco
WHERE: Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Room N 239


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WHAT:AWARDS PROGRAM
WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 7:30AM PDT Room N 109 - N 114
3150 Paradise Road
WHO:Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave Lauriski
Sentinels Of Safety Awards Program and Breakfast
WHERE:Las Vegas Convention Center,
3150 Paradise Road
Room N 109 - N 114


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WHAT:REMARKS
WHEN:Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 10:30AM PDT
WHO:Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Dave Lauriski
Getting to Zero: The Stakeholders Role in Making an Industry Free of Fatalities and Injuries.
WHERE:Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Room N 259