Photo Gallery: DOL commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969
(March 23, 2010)
- MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph Main addresses attendees at the MSHA 40th Anniversary event.
- Secretary Solis addresses people gathered in the Labor Department’s Great Hall.
- MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph Main (l) invites United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts to the podium to share his recollection of the passage of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.
- David Corbin, Ph.D., reads a statement from Senator Robert C. Byrd commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Coal Mine Act.
- A staffer from Senator Patty Murray’s office provides remarks.
- Daniel Kane (center, in suit), secretary-treasurer, United Mine Workers of America; and Dennis O’Dell (to his right), safety and health director, United Mine Workers of America.
- Cecil Roberts, president, United Mine Workers of America.
- Bruce Watzman, senior vice president for regulatory affairs, National Mining Association.
- Carlo Tarley, secretary-treasurer emeritus of the United Mine Workers of America, speaks about helping remove bodies from the Farmington Mine, including that of his brother.
- Deputy Assistant Secretary Gregory Wagner with participants.
- The Farmington Mine disaster that killed 78 coal miners in December 1968 was the catalyst for the passage of sweeping new mine health and safety laws one year later.
- Commemorating 40 years of Healthier and Safer Mining.
- The 1969 Coal Mine Act for the first time provided government benefits for miners disabled by black lung disease.
- Legislation such as the landmark Federal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 has helped return more miners home to their families after every working shift.