U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Eryn Witcher
Phone: (202) 693-4676
Contact: Dan Fuqua
Phone: (404) 562-2078
Released Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Statement of Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David G. Dye on Alabama Mine Safety Week
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David G. Dye released the following statement today on the proclamation of Mine Safety Awareness Week in Alabama:
- "Today, the Alabama State Legislature officially designated February 14-18, 2005, to be
Mine Safety Week in the State of Alabama. The week was selected to honor the more than 5,000 men and women who work in 300 surface and underground mines located throughout the state.
"Mining is an honorable profession, and is safer now than ever before. Nevertheless, mining remains an industry with its share of risks and hazards. The proclamation signed today by Gov. Bob Riley advances the cause of workplace safety awareness by urging miners and mine operators to support safety efforts and advocate safe work practices on and off the job.
"This proclamation also serves as a reminder to all Alabamans that, each and every day, miners' efforts fulfill each citizen's need for natural resources, energy and products that make our lives easier and fuel economic growth."