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Mining Deaths on the Rise, Says Mine Safety and Health Report

On Monday July 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents in the mining industry. According to the report, mining deaths in the first half of 2014 have increased compared to the same period last year. Statistics from the Mine Safety and Health report...

Fatal Roof Collapse at Boone Cty Coal Mine, Two Workers Dead

Officials from the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) have reported a fatal incident that occurred Monday night at a Boone County coal mine due to a roof collapse. The incident took place shortly before 9:00 pm last evening at Brody Mine #1 near Wharton, West Virginia. Two workers were killed....

West Virginia Leads Nation in Coal Mining Deaths - Again

The coal mining industry is rife with risks and potential hazards. For workers in this industry, there always exists the real risk of serious injury and, unfortunately, death. Families of workers who suffer injuries in the line of work are also forced to endure the burdens of these difficult experiences. In many cases, these injuries...

Coal Miners Will Hopefully Get Protection

Hardly a day goes by when there isn't an article about coal miners or coal mining in the papers. As I read the paper this morning, I noticed two separate articles. In the first article, it is noted that Senators Rockefeller and Manchin are proposing a law that would help to protect pensions and health...

Six "Unacceptable" Coal Mining Deaths in 25 Days - Four in WV

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that six miners were killed in a span of only 25 days - four of these deaths occurred in West Virginia. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Chief J.M. called the deaths unacceptable. "The six deaths that occurred over the last month are tragic and unacceptable, and MSHA will...

Three Miners Killed This Month in WV - Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC

Last week, a Marion County miner died after suffering injuries in a Consol Energy mine accident. He was the third miner that suffered fatal injuries on the job in recent weeks. According to news sources, the 51-year-old man worked Consol Energy's Loveridge Mine for the past ten years. The man was killed when a metal...

West Virginia Coal Mine Worker Involved in a Fatal Accident

Just this Monday night, a victim whose name is undisclosed, lost his life while working on a drilling rig at a West Virginia coal mine prep plant. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration the worker was killed when the rig he was working on overturned and he was crushed beneath. The death occurred...

WV Officials Seeking Federal Mine Safety Reform

Coal mining is considered to be one of the more dangerous jobs around today. Mining accidents occur frequently, and many are concerned that these incidents may be occurring far too often. According to USA Today in 2010 there were over 150 workers were trapped in a mine in China, and in West Virginia there were...

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