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MNM 2003 Webcast Metal/Nonmetal Webcast

The Hunt for
October's Metal/Nonmetal
Fatality Reduction


On October 14, 2003, the Mine Safety and Health Administration held it's first ever webcast for the metal and nonmetal mining industry. I want to thank all of the mine operators, miners, mine inspectors, trade associations, labor associations, state agencies, and state grantees who participated in this event.

I am pleased that several hundred of you took time out from your busy schedules to participate in the webcast. I appreciated hearing from those who called in with questions and to those who offered suggestions and comments. After the webcast, many of you e-mailed with follow up questions, suggestions, and comments.

As requested by some of the participants and for those stakeholders who did not participate in the webcast, the entire power point presentation, including my remarks, has been posted on our web site. This material can be used to get the message to all miners, including supervisors, to remain vigilant when performing non-routine maintenance tasks.

I ask all of you to "Stay Focused" and concentrate on the task you're performing. Working together, we can achieve our ultimate goal: to have every miner go home safe and healthy at the end of every shift.

Thank you,
Robert M. Friend
Robert M. Friend
   Administrator for
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

Webcast Materials