|Jared Fogle, longtime spokesman for Subway restaurants, will speak at the N.M. Mine Safety Conference at noon Tuesday, May 3.
State Mine Inspector Terence Foreback said Fogle will talk about his experiences with healthy eating to encourage New Mexicans to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
“Our conference theme is ‘Focus 24/7’ and we want to encourage people in the mining industry to think about health and safety all the time, not just at the mines,” Foreback said. “Health and safety issues don’t stop when we leave work.”
Fogel will speak at the Tuesday luncheon during the three-day conference.
Health will be stressed at this year’s conference. Events will include free health screenings by the Miners’ Colfax Mobile Unit and a free health fair with health care professionals from the mining industry.
Mining professionals will congregate at New Mexico Tech for the fourth annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference on May 2 to 4 at Macey Center. Foreback said he expects this year’s event to be more successful then the highly attended conferences of the past.
“We had 200 participants in our first year and are hoping for the same turnout this year,” he said. “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 four years.
This year’s conference continues to expand and improve on the quality of the presentation and speakers, Foreback said. Sessions on health topics are front and center this year to emphasize the theme of “Focus 24/7.” Joseph Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Health and Safety, will deliver this year’s keynote address at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Macey Center.
“We are extremely honored to have Mr. Main as our keynote speaker this year” Foreback said. “We’re trying to draw a cross-section of the more than 6,000 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.”
The conference theme “Focus 24/7” gives a nod to topics important to the industry, not just at mines, but important to general health and safety.
Most of the events take place at Macey Center, including four meals which are included in the $90 price of the conference. Those interested may get information and registration forms by calling the Bureau of Mine Safety at (575) 835-5460
The conference opens at 9 a.m. Monday with registration and exhibitor setup. Monday afternoon’s schedule is devoted to recreation and interaction, including a golf tournament at 11:30 a.m. and tours of the Very Large Array operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
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 Holy Water and Whiskey, a folk music trio from Albuquerque. The dinner speaker will be New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Michael Duvall.
Joseph Main will be keynote speaker for the Tuesday morning session, followed by break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon.
A spouse tour of the Salinas National Monument will include a park service guided tour of the Gran Quivira ruins and lunch at the monument will be an exciting event Tuesday morning and afternoon.
Tours of the Mineral Museum will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. William Holder, Director of Health, Safety and Security for the Mosaic Company’s potash mines will be the featured speaker.
Wednesday’s opening session begins at 8 a.m. followed by break-out sessions and adjournment at noon.
Foreback was appointed as State Mine Inspector in 2007. Foreback previously worked for the Mining and Minerals Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, following 26 years in private mining industry.
This year’s conference committee includes representatives of the Bureau of Mine Safety, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and the New Mexico mining industries.
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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech