Mine Workers Sue MSHA Over Lifting Enforcement Action

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Things have been somewhat quiet lately in the world of mine safety and health. We wrote earlier about the troubling rise in black lung cases, but thankfully mining fatalities are down slightly this year after they spiked last year.  In 2018, we’ve seen 9 coal mining deaths and 16 worker deaths in meal/non-metal mines.  Last…

This Day in History: Farmington Mine Explosion Kills 78 Miners

On November 20, 1968, 40 50 years ago today, 78 miners died in an explosion at the Consol No. 9 coal mine in Farmington, West Virginia. At 5:30 in the morning on November 20th, a huge explosion tore through Consolidation Coal’s Number Nine mine. The force of the blast could be felt for miles. There would…

This Day In History: 82 Miners Killed in Millfield Mine Disaster, November 5, 1930

On this day in 1930, at 11:45 a.m., a tremendous explosion rocked the Sunday Creek  No. 6 mine near Millfield, Ohio, killing 82 coal miners.  Most of the miners were killed by asphyxiation from the carbon monoxide that resulted from the ignition of methane gas.  A few miners survived by climbing out a ventilation shaft, and an…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Workers Can Participate in CSB Investigations: A major goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act is to encourage workers to participate in the process, including allowing workers to walk around with OSHA inspectors. When the Chemical Safety Board was authorized, the law required that workers be given the same opportunity to participate in facility…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle For Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Pork Processing Workers — From Bad to Worse: US meat workers are already three times more likely to suffer serious injury than the average American worker, and pork and beef workers nearly seven times more likely to suffer repetitive strain injuries. Add to that amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma and you have a work population that…

Short Stuff: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety

Kentucky Limits Black Lung Claims Reviews:  We have recently noted that black lung is back with a vengeance after almost being eradicated in the late 1990s. Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they’ve identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported. Well, the state of Kentucky is…

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Anniversary: Don Blankenship Commemorates By Running for Senate

Today is the eighth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that claimed the lives of 29 coal miners in a massive coal dust explosion.  A press release from Bobby Scott, Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee notes that five independent investigation reports by state and federal agencies agree that the…