On May 1, 2008, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Richard Stickler, stated the following: “One disturbing trend we have seen in metal/non-metal fatalities is contractor deaths. From 2000 through 2006, contractor employees have experienced 21 percent of the fatal accidents. Last year, 32 percent of the fatalities in metal/non-metal operations were contractors. We must take a hard look at why this happens and get it under control.”
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