MSHA kicking off annual ‘Stay Out – Stay Alive’ public safety campaign with NFL player

Tina Grady Barbaccia

May 4, 2011

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), along with Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones, will kick off its annual “Stay Out – Stay Alive” public safety campaign on Friday, May 6. Jones, the son of coal miners from southwestern Virginia, is the national spokesman for “Stay Out – Stay Alive,” which was established in 1999 to warn outdoor enthusiasts – especially children – about the dangers of exploring and playing on mine property. Each year, dozens of people are injured or killed in recreational accidents at active and abandoned mines around the country.

Jones will take part in a media conference call with MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main and then visit a Crofton, Md., elementary school to address students.

Prior to these May 6 activities, Jones is scheduled to meet on May 5 with various members of Congress to discuss his role as campaign spokesman.
WHO: Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health
Thomas Jones, Kansas City Chiefs running back and campaign spokesman
WHAT: “Stay Out – Stay Alive” campaign kickoff
WHEN/HOW/ WHERE: Friday, May 6

2 p.m. EDT – Visit to Crofton Woods Elementary School
1750 Urby Drive
Crofton, Md. 21114

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