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Miners Will ‘Beware The Coyote’ At Safety Conference

SOCORRO, N.M. April 22, 2014 – Macey Center will once again host the annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference from May 5 to 7. The 2014 theme is “Beware The Coyote.”

State Mine Inspector Terence Foreback said, “We want everyone to be alert and, just like the roadrunner must be aware of the coyote, we must be constantly aware of the risks that lurk waiting to cause an accident in our workplaces. Living and working in New Mexico we are certainly aware of two things, both coyotes and accident risks are everywhere. We must always be vigilant.”

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Mike Davis, MSHA District Manager

This year’s speaker lineup will emphasize this theme, beginning with the miners’ dinner on Monday, May 5. The guest speaker is Mike Davis, the South Central District Manager for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Mr. Davis will discuss his initiatives along with those of MSHA to reduce accidents in our mines. 

Health will also be stressed at this year’s conference. Healthy employees contribute at higher levels to an organization’s success. Events will include free health screenings by the Miners’ Colfax Mobile Unit and breakout sessions on health issues.

This is the seventh year that mining professionals will congregate at New Mexico Tech for the annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference. Foreback said he expects this year’s event to be more successful then the highly attended conferences of the past.

“This year’s program is outstanding” Foreback said. “We continue to bring a top-notch program to our New Mexico mining community. We have excellent guest speakers and a series of important, informative breakout session topics”

The New Mexico Bureau of Mine Safety, a department of New Mexico Tech, provides professional services to the state and its miners. Foreback has served as State Mine Inspector for seven years, originally appointed by Governor Richardson and then reappointed by Governor Martinez. He serves on the Planning Committee of the New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference Org., the non-profit organization that sponsors and provides New Mexico with the annual conference.

This year’s conference continues to expand and improve on the quality of the presentation and speakers, Foreback said. Sessions are planned on three tracks: leadership, strategies, and practice to appeal to the diverse nature of participants. Expected attendees are members of the hourly work force, management, safety pros, and regulators.

“We’re trying to draw a cross-section of the almost 7,000 people employed in the mining industry in New Mexico, to bring together different parts of mining organizations to work on mine health and safety issues,” Foreback said.

The conference theme “Beware The Coyote,” gives a nod to topics important to the industry that can be taken back to mining operations to further their safety success and reduce accidents.

Most of the events take place at Macey Center, including three meals which are included in the $100 price of the conference. Those interested may get information and registration forms by calling the Bureau of Mine Safety at (575) 835-5460 or going to the conference registration website .

The conference opens at 10 a.m. Monday with exhibitor setup. Monday afternoon’s schedule is devoted to special programs and recreation including four hour sessions on attacking stress at work, one on CPR, and a golf tournament at 11:30 a.m.

A special Miner’s Lunch Bucket dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at Macey Center. A cocktail hour will precede dinner with entertainment by Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft.

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Richard Hawk, safety consultant



The Tuesday morning keynote speaker is Richard Hawk. For more than 30 years, Hawk has helped a wide variety of companies develop world-class safety cultures and shown audiences around the world how to live healthier and happier lives. He has trained thousands of supervisors, managers, and employees at organizations such as Exxon/Mobil, Shell, Nestle Purina and McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

His experiences as a union and non-union employee, line worker and manager, safety leader and now successful business owner, give him the insight to relate to people at all levels, from employees to CEOs, truck drivers to scholars.

A spouse tour promises to be very entertaining on Tuesday morning. A cooking school will be conducted by Chartwell’s Chef Hussan. Participants can learn some of the chef’s secrets to the foods of southern France.

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Kina Repp, guest speaker

Another guest speaker Foreback is excited to have at the conference is Kina Repp. Repp began her first day of work in a fish processing plant. Forty minutes later, her left arm was being torn from her body as she was caught in a moving conveyor belt. This horrifying accident and her fight to survive changed her life forever. Her story is tragic, insightful, compelling and powerfully motivating. She uses her experience to raise awareness about workplace hazards and the importance of making safe choices. Repp speaks to Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing companies, workforces, organizations and conferences about the importance of safety procedures and the use of lockout

tag products, building a personal and corporate safety consciousness, and the power of attitude.

Wednesday’s opening session begins at 8 a.m. followed by break-out sessions and adjournment at noon.

This year’s conference committee includes representatives of the Bureau of Mine Safety, representatives of New Mexico’s mining industries, and members of New Mexico State Agencies.

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