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DOL Press Release - 05-1173-ATL
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Suzy Bohnert    Dirk Fillpot
Phone: (202) 693-9420    (202) 693-4676

Released Tuesday, July 5, 2005

MSHA On-Site Applicant Screenings in Alabama, Colorado and West Virginia

ATLANTA-The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing to hire entry-level mine inspectors using on-site applicant screenings in Lakewood, Colo., July 9; Sumiton, Ala., July 16; and Beaver, W.Va., July 29-30. Screenings begin at 7 a.m.

"We want good mine safety and health professionals who will help rid the U.S. mining industry of hazards that threaten working miners," said David G. Dye, deputy assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "Individuals dedicated to MSHA's mission, and those who want to end accidental injuries and fatalities in our nation's mines, are who we want to hire."

MSHA is recruiting inspectors for duty stations in Denver; Salt Lake City; Helena, Mont.; Green River, Wyo.; Mesa, Ariz.; Topeka, Kan.; Rapid City, S.D.; Birmingham and Bessemer, Ala.; and Mount Hope, Summerville, Pineville, Mount Carbon, Madison and Logan, W.Va.

Individuals interested in entry-level mine inspector positions are advised to preregister for the screenings by applying on-line for specific inspector positions advertised at MSHA is the federal agency charged with inspecting mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations that protect the safety and health of working miners.

Those unable to preregister for the screenings before the closing dates may be tested and screened at these locations as a walk-in candidate, subject to space availability. Screening attendees must bring a completed resume and photo identification. Check the MSHA Web site at to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

Applicants will be notified of test results, and selected candidates will participate in a two-year formal training program. Applicants must be able to efficiently perform arduous duties. Selected applicants at the GS-9 level will receive a starting salary of approximately $40,000 annually.

The on-site applicant screenings are scheduled as follows:
    Lakewood, Colo. - July 9 - Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd.

    Sumiton, Ala. - July 16 - Bevill Community College, Sumiton Campus, Highway 78 W.

    Beaver, W.Va. - July 29-30 - National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Road