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MSHA News Release: [03/02/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-327-ATL

U.S. Department of Labor's MSHA Seeks to Hire Mine Inspectors
Coal Mine Inspector Positions Available in Kentucky and Tennessee

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced the availability of additional coal mine inspector positions for duty stations in Barbourville, Harlan and Hazard, Ky., as well as Jacksboro, Tenn. Interested citizens should register and apply through the MSHA Web site at prior to the March 16, 2007, deadline.

"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."

Under the agency's ongoing Mine Inspector Career Trainee Program, MSHA will conduct an on-site applicant screening in Barbourville, Ky., to test and interview registered applicants interested in any of the locations.

Employment screenings will take place on March 30, April 1 and April 2, and space will be limited.

To register, go to and click on "Jobs at MSHA." Select vacancy announcement number MSHA-07-037-D7 and follow the instructions for submitting an application. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, which will be determined by the dates applications are received and processed through the Web site.

Applicants should indicate the locations for which they are interested in applying and whether or not they are claiming veteran's preference. Incomplete applications that do not include phone numbers, addresses, and information on citizenship and basic qualification requirements cannot be considered. Each participant should bring photo identification and a complete resume to the applicant screening.

All applicants will be notified of test results. Selected candidates will participate in a formal two-year training program. Successful candidates should be able to perform arduous duties and can expect a starting annual salary of about $43,000. In addition to a 40-hour workweek with generous annual, sick and holiday leave, selected candidates are offered health, life and long-term care insurance; a stable retirement program, including a tax-deferred savings plan; travel reimbursement; and flexible spending accounts for medical and dental expenses.

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.

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