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DOL/MSHA Media Advisory
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221

Released Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Hallett Materials Employees Receive Sentinels of Safety Award
Assistant Secretary Lauriski to present award in New Caney, Texas

NEW CANEY, Texas - Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, will present a 2002 Sentinels of Safety Award for dredging operations to employees of Hallett Materials, Porter, Texas, on Wednesday, Dec.10 in New Caney, Texas.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration and the National Mining Association sponsor the Sentinels of Safety awards program.

Hallett employees worked 90,595 hours without a lost-time accident in 2002. To qualify for a Sentinels award, a company must have at least 30,000 employee work hours during a year without a lost-time injury or fatality.

Frank Johnson, the local manager and vice president of Hallett in Porter, Texas, along with the Rasmussen family from corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, will accept the Sentinels award on behalf of 45 local employees. Hallett began doing business in Texas in 1981.

Event: Presentation of 2002 Sentinels of Safety Award by Assistant Secretary
of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003
Location: Atrium of the East Montgomery County Improvement District Complex
21575 Highway 59 N.
New Caney, Texas
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.