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Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Assistant Secretary Joe Main Audio Transcripts

Audio Transcript 1

Mine safety and health took on new meaning for America on April 5, 2010, when an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners and devastated their families, their friends, and their community.  It was the worst mining disaster in this country in 40 years.

Over the past year, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has been fulfilling the commitment President Obama made to honor those miners and their families by ensuring justice is served on their behalf and taking action so that an accident like this never happens again.

As the anniversary of this tragedy so vividly reminds us, we in the mining community must continue to work tirelessly to ensure that miners go to work and return home safe and healthy to family and friends, every shift of every day.  That is the promise we make to miners and their families.  That is the mandate of MSHA.

Audio Transcript 2

Mine safety and health took on new meaning for us all on April 5, 2010 when an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine brought devastation and pain to the families and friends of the 29 miners who perished in that catastrophe. 

The anniversary of that terrible tragedy reminds us vividly that we must honor those miners -- and their families and friends -- by never allowing an accident like that to happen again.  

We owe America’s miners our gratitude for the work they do.  Their labor builds and fuels the economy that makes America strong. And we give them our assurance that we at the Mine Safety and Health Administration look out for their safety and do everything in our power to ensure they come home safe and healthy every shift of every day.