Lexington Herald-Leader | 08/24/2006 | Suit over miners' oxygen is tossed

Posted: 8/24/2006 by Floyd in Labels:

Following the Sago disaster and one later that happened in Harlan County KY. Which also had a problem with the oxygen packs the miners are given under-ground, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that would make the government do more in the view of safety of oxygen in these death traps.
The U.M.W.A. Wanted the M.S.H.A. To conduct checks of oxygen units and conduct emergency training for all underground miners.
The oxygen packs came into play again in the Harlan Co. KY. Accident, it did not get any publicity as I am aware of but some of the men died because these packs were not working correctly.
But what happened with this suit in Lexington is it happens about the same all the time, on one side you have the Union trying to do something to keep us alive and on the other you have the big CEO'S and money and guess what? Money talks. It has been proved time and again that these oxygen packs malfunction and fail a lot of times, but try taking that to the higher-ups, what we need is "action" let's stop talking and start doing.
Once something happens and the story dies down and the camera's leave you are back to square one, and that is trying to pass something that needed passed ten years ago and we are still trying to get it done. What needs to happen is these high and mighty judges passing down this needed legislation need to crawl themselves back in a hole in the ground and see if they can whistle a different tune.

Testing of the underground miner air packs, West Virginia finds problems. Oxygen cartridges in all 9 air packs failed, while the judicial system sits on it's behind waiting for another disaster to happen instead of trying to prevent one.
I am not a coal miner personally but my father was one for over 45 years, it would not cost that much to have these air packs in working order for the miners and someone held accountable, because if miners become trapped then they have some air to use prior to rescue.

Lexington Herald-Leader | 09/01/2006 | W. Virginia finds problems in mine safety air packs

Lexington Herald-Leader | 08/24/2006 | Suit over miners' oxygen is tossed
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The accident at Harlan County