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DOL News Release No. 04-1943-NAT
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Suzy Bohnert
Phone: (202) 693-9420

Released Tuesday, September 28, 2004

U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration Recognizes Mining Operations for Safety Achievements
2003 Sentinels of Safety Awards Announced by Department of Labor and National Mining Association


LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized eight U.S. mining operations for their outstanding safety record during 2003 at the annual Sentinels of Safety awards program sponsored by MSHA and the NMA. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with MINExpo, the world's largest and most comprehensive exposition for the mining industry.

"Today, there are fewer incidents of injuries and fewer fatalities in mining than ever before. It is operations like the ones we honored today that have helped the mining industry mark such an exceptional achievement," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

Since 1925, mining operations in various operational categories have been recognized for achieving the highest number of employee work-hours without an injury that resulted in lost time from work. To qualify for a Sentinels of Safety award, a company must compile at least 30,000 employee work-hours during the year without a lost-time injury or fatality.

The eight winners and their categories include the following:

The entire list of winners and runners-up appear on MSHA's Web site at www.msha.gov.