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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 109
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9425

Released Friday, February 6, 2003

Workshop Targets Safety At Stone, Sand and Gravel Mines
Free "spring thaw" safety seminar set in Wausau, Wis.

ARLINGTON, Va. -The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in cooperation with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, will present a mine safety and health workshop on March 11 at the Ramada Inn, 201 North 17th Ave., Wausau, Wis., to increase awareness of mining hazards. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop is one of more than 30 cooperative mine safety and health workshops around the nation. Safety professionals from mining companies as well as MSHA personnel will share information and experiences in dealing with mining hazards.

"MSHA is using all the tools provided in the law - enforcement, education and training and technical assistance - to encourage all mine operators to embrace safety as a value so we can send every miner home safe and healthy at the end of every working shift," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "As part of this process, we are working closely with the stone, sand and gravel industry to develop seminars providing up-to-date and practical information to help mine operators achieve the next level of safety performance."

The workshops will focus on effective safety and health programs, safe maintenance and repair activities, and the hidden costs of mining accidents. Seminar leaders will also discuss specific safety hazards encountered by mining operations in particular regions of the country.

The seminars will coincide with winter's end, when many intermittently operated mining operations begin producing again, often with new employees who are new to the mining environment. Statistics show that accidents in stone, sand and gravel mines tend to increase during April and May.

The MSHA-NSSGA workshops will be held in more than 30 states nationwide. There is no charge to attend the seminars.

For additional information, please call the North Central District office at 218-720-5448 or visit MSHA's web site at