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WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 8, 2004 - U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today reported that the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology in Socorro has been awarded $138,633 from the Department of Labor to conduct safety training for miners throughout New Mexico.

The New Mexico Bureau of Mine Inspection, located on the campus of the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology in Socorro, provides a safe and healthy workplace for miners in New Mexico by reducing injury and illness in the mining industry.


"I am pleased that New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology has again been selected for a grant that guarantees the training of 5,302 of New Mexico's miners throughout the state," Domenici said. "The training they will receive emphasizes health and safety techniques that teach how to avoid on-the-job injuries and accidents."


The grant has been awarded through the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a division of the Department of Labor. Although safety training is required by law, states would be financially responsible for the sessions had federal funds not been provided.


The program conducts education and training for miners at sand and gravel and stone operations, metal and nonmetal miners and contractors servicing all mines.

Mine health and safety classes are conducted in:

  • CFR parts 46 and 48 Annual Refresher Training;
  • CFR parts 46 and 48 New Miner Training;
  • CFR part 49 Mine Rescue Training; Certification and Qualification Training for Surface and Underground Coal Mine Foremen; MSHA Approved Cooperative Instructor Training; and
  • CFR parts 56 and 57 First Aid Training.

The program also supports two mine rescue stations. One is in the coal region of the state and the other is in the potash basin. They also sponsor the annual Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Contest. For more program information contact Paul Pierce, State Mine Inspector, at (505) 835-5460 (ext. 4379)


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