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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

"Stay Out-Stay Alive" is a national public awareness campaign aimed at warning children and adults about the dangers of exploring and playing on active and abandoned mine sites. Launched by MSHA in 1999, the campaign is a partnership of federal and state agencies, private organizations, businesses and individuals.

Below, you will find teaching materials and links to additional resources, as well as stories of fatal accidents such as drownings in flooded quarries and falls into hidden mine shafts. The list is not comprehensive, but provides vivid examples of the hazards and the heartbreak that can come with trespassing onto these abandoned industrial sites.

Throughout the year, "Stay Out-Stay Alive" partners visit schools, communities and youth organizations around the country to educate children about the importance of steering clear of active and abandoned mines.

For further information on the Stay Out, Stay Alive (SOSA) program, please submit your question to "Ask MSHA".

To report unsafe public mine access, abandoned mine emergencies or abandoned mine locations, call the MSHA Hotline at:

(800) 746-1553

Accident Summaries

AML Portal

    Welcome to the AML Portal - a partnership that spans federal, state and local efforts, dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources

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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

August 5, 2014
News Item: Forest Service struggles with safety at abandoned mines

July 6, 2014
News Item: Tragic Quarry Accident

April 2014
MSHA inspector Danny Pack with third-graders at Hardy Elementary School in Hardy, KY, where he explained the dangers of abandoned mines at the school Coal Fair.

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May 2, 2014
Brian Murphy of MSHA Technical Support Dust Division talked about the importance of staying out of abandoned mines with students at Gastonville Elementary School in Finleyville, PA.

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Stay Out! Stay Alive! DVD
Stay Out! Stay Alive! DVD
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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

Abandoned Mine Lands

Video Courtesy of
The Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior

D-Train - A SOSA Video
D-Train - A SOSA Video


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Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Coloring Book!
Sosa Coloring Book
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Stay Out! Stay Alive!