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MSHA News Release: [07/21/2006]
Contact: Amy Louviere   Dirk Fillpot
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 06-1270-ATL


MSHA On-Site Applicant Screenings in Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing its efforts to hire new mine inspectors by conducting on-site applicant screenings in Pikeville, Ky., on July 23 and 24, 2006. Registration for all candidates begins at 7 a.m.

"MSHA is seeking motivated professionals dedicated to helping us to rid the U.S. mining industry of hazards that threaten the safety of working miners," said David G. Dye, acting administrator for mine safety and health. "We're looking for qualified people who can help us to continue to make safety the number one priority for the mining industry."

MSHA is the federal agency charged with inspection of mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations designed to protect the safety and health of working miners. The agency is recruiting mine inspectors for duty stations in Elkhorn City, Hindman, Martin, Phelps, Pikeville, and Whitesburg, Ky.

Individuals who are unable to pre-register for the screenings may be tested and screened as "walk-in" candidates, subject to space availability. All persons attending the screening should bring a completed resume and photo identification to the applicant screening. Check the MSHA website at www.msha.gov to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

Applicants will be notified of test results and selected candidates will participate in a two-year formal training program. Applicants must be able to efficiently perform arduous duties. Selected applicants at the GS-9 level will receive a starting salary of about $42,000 annually. For additional information, please visit the Inspector Career Intern Program website at http://www.msha.gov/Inspectors/InspectorsInternProgram.asp.

Applicant screenings are scheduled as follows:

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