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DOL/MSHA Media Advisory
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (202) 693-9423

Released Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Head of Mine Safety Agency to Visit Southwest Va., Coal Mine

NORTON, Va. - Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, will visit the Paramont #26 coal mine in Wise County on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003. Lauriski will meet with approximately 50 mine workers beginning at 3 p.m. A tour of the surface facilities will follow.

Paramont won the prestigious Sentinels of Safety award in 2002 for achieving the highest number of employee work-hours at an underground coal mine without an injury that resulted in lost time from work (175,582 hours).

Event: Meeting with miners and surface coal mine tour
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Paramont #26 Mine
State Route 72
Lick Fork Section
Clintwood, VA
(30 minutes from Norton, VA)
Featuring: Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski

For further information, or to participate in the mine tour, please contact Amy Louviere, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Office of Communications, at (202) 693-9423.

Note: Safety training is available for media representatives who wish to take part in the mine tour.