Magazine article Occupational Hazards

MSHA Looking for a Few Good Mine Inspectors

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

MSHA Looking for a Few Good Mine Inspectors

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With the White House apparently agreeing to accelerate the hiring of mine safety inspectors, MSHA has been searching throughout the United States for qualified applicants. "MSHA is seeking motivated professionals dedicated to helping us to rid the U.S. mining industry of hazards that threaten the safety of working miners," MSHA Acting Administrator David Dye said in an MSHA news release announcing a job fair in Golden, Colo.

When the MINER Act was signed into law on June 15, Congress appropriated funds to hire 178 MSHA fulltime equivalent employees--165 inspectors, five support staff and eight instructors for the agency's academy in Beckley, W.Va., according to MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere.

Louviere said the agency expected to hire 42 new inspectors by the end of fiscal year 2006, which was Sept. 30.

According to Louviere, job fairs have been "our primary vehicle" for attracting candidates. At the job fairs, candidates who pass math and writing tests are interviewed "by MSHA managers and supervisors for possible employment opportunities," the agency said on its Web site. …

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