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DOL Media Advisory - 05-613-PHI
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Amy Louviere or Dirk Fillpot
Phone: (202) 693-9423 or (202) 693-4676


Released Wednesday, April 13, 2005

National Mine Public Safety Effort Kicks Off in Pennsylvania
"Stay Out-Stay Alive" Campaign Focuses on Children


FLEETWOOD, Pa. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will kick off the 2005 "Stay Out-Stay Alive" national public awareness campaign Friday, April 15 at Fleetwood Area Middle School in Fleetwood, Pa.

"Stay Out-Stay Alive" is a nationwide public safety effort sponsored by MSHA and aimed at educating and warning children about the dangers of playing on mine property. Each year, dozens of people are injured or killed while involved in recreational pursuits at active and abandoned mine sites. Last May, an 18-year-old male died while swimming in a quarry in Bensalem. He had tried to swim across the quarry after jumping off a 40-foot cliff, but turned around and began treading water and screaming for help about 15 feet from the quarry bank. Friends were unable to rescue him.

WHAT:"Stay Out-Stay Alive" National Public Awareness Campaign Kickoff
WHEN:Friday, April 15, 2005
12:30-1:30 p.m.
WHERE:Fleetwood Area Middle School
407 North Richmond St.
Fleetwood, Pa.
CONTACT:Amy Louviere
(202) 693-9423 (office)
(571) 215-4497 (mobile)