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MSHA News Release: [07/10/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-1021-PHI


U.S. Labor Department's MSHA seeks to hire mine inspectors for positions in Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia
Applicant screenings for all duty stations to take place July 21 and 22 in Morgantown, W.Va.


ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced the availability of underground and electrical coal mine inspector positions in Bridgeport and Morgantown, W.Va.; Saint Clairsville, Ohio; and Oakland, Md.

MSHA will conduct applicant screenings July 21 and 22 at the District 3 Morgantown Office, 604 Cheat Road, Morgantown, W.Va., for all of the position locations. Interested citizens who have not previously registered via MSHA's Web site are welcome to attend, subject to space availability. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and testing will begin at 8 a.m. EDT.

"MSHA is interested in hiring professionals who are willing to help our agency keep U.S. mines safe by preventing accidental injuries and fatalities," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We're looking for qualified people who will 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.

Everyone attending the screening should bring a completed resume and photo identification. Check MSHA's Web site at www.msha.gov to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

All applicants will be notified of test results. Selected candidates will participate in a formal two-year training program, should be able to perform arduous duties and can expect a starting annual salary of about $43,000. In addition to a 40-hour workweek with generous annual, sick and holiday leave, selected candidates are offered health, life and long-term care insurance; a stable retirement program, including a tax-deferred savings plan; travel reimbursement; and flexible spending accounts for medical and dental expenses.

For additional information, please visit MSHA's Inspector Career Trainee Program Web pages at www.msha.gov/Inspectors/InspectorsInternProgram.asp.


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