Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Hal Glassman
Phone: (703) 235-1452
Released Friday, March 1, 2002
ARKANSAS RECEIVES GRANT FOR MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACTIVITIES
ARLINGTON, Va.-The U. S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded the State of Arkansas a grant totaling more than $95,000 for training, education and other mine safety and health activities. Arkansas has approximately 180 active mines and 3,060 miners
The amount is part of an overall grant of nearly $7.8 million being made this year to 44 states and the Navaho Nation for the same purposes.
Mining operations in Arkansas interested in participating in training sessions should contact Bonita Stocks at the state's department of labor in Little Rock at (501) 682 - 4520.
"The states are critically important partners in working to improve health and safety in the mining industry," explained Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "These grants will be used primarily for health and safety training."
States participating in the grant program provide a variety of instruction - - from entry level training for those who are starting in the mining industry to annual refresher classes and instructor courses for those who will be training other miners. Many of those courses meet the requirements under Federal training standards. Other training covers responding to medical emergencies at remote mining sites, noise abatement, mine rescue, water hazards rescue and certifications for various jobs ranging from electricians to hoisting engineers.
Lauriski reiterated two major goals during the next four years:
- - reduce mining fatalities by at least 15 percent a year
- reduce the non-fatal days lost injury rate by 50 percent.
This is the 31st year that Congress has enabled MSHA to award these grants to states.