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MSHA News Release: [03/02/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-324-ATL

U.S. Labor Department's MSHA to Hire More Mine Inspectors
Mine Inspector Positions Available in Kentucky

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing its efforts to hire new mine inspectors by conducting on-site applicant screenings March 2 through 4, 2007, at the Pikeville College Community Technology Center, 119 College Street, Pikeville, Ky. The agency is recruiting coal mine inspectors for surface, underground and electrical positions in Elkhorn City, Hindman, Martin, Phelps, Pikeville and Whitesburg, Ky.

"MSHA is interested in hiring professionals who are willing to help our agency keep U.S. mines safe by preventing accidental injuries and fatalities," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We're looking for qualified people who will continue to make safety the number one priority for the mining industry."

MSHA is the federal agency charged with inspection of mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations designed to protect the safety and health of working miners. Applicants for the inspector positions must be able to efficiently perform arduous duties.

Everyone attending the screening should bring a completed resume and photo identification. Applicants should 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. Selected candidates will participate in a two-year formal training program and, at the GS-9 level, receive an annual starting salary of about $43,000. For additional information, please visit the Inspector Career Trainee Program Web site at

Applicant screenings are scheduled as follows:

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