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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 02-247
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Released Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Coal Mine Roof Control Seminar Set for Beckley

Arlington, Va - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in cooperation with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will conduct a free, two-day workshop on coal mine roof control beginning Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy near Beckley, W.Va.

"Control of the mine roof is critical to maintain safety in underground coal mines," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We want to share knowledge with miners and mine operators to help prevent accidents caused by unstable mine roof."

The two-day seminar will be held at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy located at 1301 Airport Rd., in Beaver. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on May 29, with the seminar scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Academy auditorium.

The workshops will cover geology, mobile roof support, and mine design for proper pillar recovery. Other topics will include stability factors, selection of supplemental roof support, and an update on new roof control products.

All interested persons are invited to attend. Persons interested in pre-registering may do so by calling 304-256-3252. Prospective participants may obtain further information concerning the seminar by contacting John Rosiek at the Academy on 304-256-3211.