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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 02-155
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Nevada Receives Grant For Mine Safety And Health Activities
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Director Speaking in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEV - The U. S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded the State of Nevada a grant totaling $221,700 for training, education and other mine safety and health activities. Nevada has approximately 266 active mines and more than 9,850 miners.

"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."

Lauriski spoke today at the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) meeting held in conjunction with the CONEXPO/CONAGG trade show in Las Vegas.

During his address Lauriski emphasized two major goals for the mining industry over 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

"Training miners in all aspects of health and safety will help achieve those goals," Lauriski said.

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.

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.

Mining operations in Nevada interested in participating in training sessions should contact: E. P. "Skip" Flanagan at the Department of Business and Industry at (775) 684 - 7085 in Carson City.