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MSHA Media Advisory: [08/14/2006]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 06-1447-PHI

MSHA Approves Proximity Protection System for Mining Industry

SHINNSTON, W.Va. — On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and members of the mining industry will demonstrate a newly approved proximity protection system at the Repair King Inc., maintenance facility in Shinnston, W.Va.

The Nautilus International system provides continuous mining machines with automatic proximity detection and shutdown to guard against mine personnel being run over, crushed or pinned when they are positioned in a hazardous area. Since 1984, there have been 29 fatal accidents related to the use of remote-control continuous mining machines.

Event: Demonstration of New Nautilus International Proximity Protection System
Participants: Mine Safety and Health Administration
Nautilus International
Massey Energy Co.
Repair King Inc.
Date:Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006
Time:10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location:One Lincoln Center
Shinnston, W.Va.

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