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Solis thanks mine safety workers

By Ed O'Keefe

In the complicated web that is the federal government, mine safety concerns fall to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which is part of the Labor Department.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis e-mailed MSHA workers Tuesday morning to thank them for their response to Monday's deadly mine blast in West Virginia.

"The last 20 hours have been difficult, stressful and heartbreaking," Solis said in her message, adding later that, "The very best way we can honor them is to do our job." (Read the full e-mail below.)

"We all believe that no one should have to sacrifice his life for his livelihood and I assure you that the death of these men will not be in vain," Solis said. The secretary was in Seattle when MSHA learned of the blast on Monday afternoon. She flew back to Washington overnight to oversee the department's response.

MSHA is led by Director Joseph A. Main, a veteran mine safety inspector who took the job in 2009. Main and other Washington-based staffers deployed to the site and are coordinating the federal response with company and West Virginia officials, a spokesman said.

Dear MSHA Colleagues,
The last 20 hours have been difficult, stressful and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, loved ones and coworkers in Whitesville. Twenty-five hardworking men died unnecessarily in a mine yesterday.
The very best way we can honor them is to do our job.
So many of you have worked around the clock since this tragedy occurred and many more of you will continue to work months after. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your dedication and hard work. Your commitment to the safety and health of our nation’s miners and their families is critical during tragic events such as this.
Our work will continue long after the camera crews leave. Under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Joe Main and with all of your help, MSHA will investigate this tragedy, and we will take action. We all believe that no one should have to sacrifice his life for his livelihood and I assure you that the death of these men will not be in vain.
I am proud of each and every one of you, and prouder still to be your colleague.
Thank you for your fine work on behalf of our nation’s miners.
Hilda L. Solis U.S. Secretary of Labor

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 6, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments  | Tags:  Federal government of the United States, Hilda Solis, Labor Department, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Seattle, United States, United States Department of Labor, West Virginia  
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"The very best way we can honor them is to do our job."

Why start now?

Posted by: fireball72 | April 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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