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August 19, 2002

The Honorable David D. Lauriski
Assistant Secretary of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20210

RE: Quecreek Mine Accident

Dear Assistant Secretary Lauriski:

On behalf of the American Society of Safety Engineers' 30,000 member safety, health and environmental professionals and, in particular, our Mining Practice Specialty members, I want to congratulate the Mine Safety and Health Agency (MSHA) on the exemplary efforts of its staff in helping save the nine miners in the recent Quecreek Mine accident.

Your agency's response in saving these miners' lives only underscores MSHA's professional and technical capability in mine safety. Our members understand that the commitment shown in helping bring the nine to safety reflects the same commitment your staff has in preventing deaths and injuries in all mines.

Unfortunately, despite that commitment and the great progress in safety that has occurred since the passage of the Mine Safety and Health Act in 1969, mining fatalities in recent years have not seen significant reductions. ASSE hopes you and your staff understand that its members stand ready to work with the Agency to meet the challenge of breaking through the current plateau and again showing progress in saving more lives. We know MSHA shares our view that the hard work that goes into preventing these kinds of mining accidents is where the real day-to-day heroics lie.

We look forward to working with MSHA to help make sure the life-saving efforts demonstrated at Quecreek will not be necessary again.


Mark D. Hansen, PE, CSP


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