Lexington Herald-Leader | 01/25/2006 | Coal mine ordered shut for roof offense

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Lexington Herald-Leader | 01/25/2006 | Coal mine ordered shut for roof offense

The mine where the Kentucky worker was killed in Pikeville was ordered shut down,according to the inspectors said roof bolts were missing heads or had been sheared,these bolts are put in the roof by a machine and supports the roof while working,I will also leave a link below of a previous post related to the Kentucky accident. This mine had previous violations just like those in West Virginia. My Father worked the mines almost 40 years but he did have some close shaves in there,he lost a finger and got his ribs and back dislocated in a slate fall it is a very dangerous job indeed but in areas of Appalachia this happens and the news does not cover them all,in fact last year there were I think two deaths in this area alone and one guy I new personally was killed in a related incident. He had left his coal truck parked as always just above the,what we call around here the mining shack which is somewhat liken to a little office and the truck somehow got on a roll,anyway it hit the office while they had broke for lunch and two were killed,the other one that was in there also got out alive but with many injuries, and to add to the recent deaths coal is on the increase which might have been mentioned in the media I do not know,but this drives the companies to produce more coal while the market is up. Matter of fact a friend of mine just opened up one about two weeks ago the coal in this thing is 8 foot thick,that is very high indeed because a lot of coal is running between 22 and 36 inches imagine working in these conditions 8 to 12 hours,that would make us an old man and fast. In the Herald it says that the violation and enforcement records were not available last night at this mine,well all they need to do is click on the link below and they would see them.
Within reason: Lost Time, Lost Lives in the Mine - New York Times

The Sago mine with its hatred of the United Mine Workers,has stalled the investigation and point taken the UMWof A would more than likely find many faults and dangers with this mine. This is how much the company thinks of the safety of its employees.
Union dispute stalls Sago Mine probe - U.S. Life - MSNBC.com

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