Miners Spoke of Industry's Uncertainty Just Before Explosion
Reporter Michael Hupp spoke to a group of men headed to work at the Upper Big Branch Mine just minutes before the explosion happened.
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#1 Apr 8, 2010
The Upper Branch mine blast is the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 27 miners died in a fire in Utah in 1984 ...
#2 Apr 9, 2010
In my 18 years in the mines, 10 years on the mine safety comm., I've seen many times when the company would ignore violations and laugh at the insignificant fines,production is the only thing of importance. The corp. onwners must face jail time as a result of thier mine management personals choice of production over saftey. Fines to the mine or closing it will never hurt the deep pockets of the ownership, only the poor working men,union or non union.Owners or stockholders should go to prison for "GREEDY MANSLAUGHTER".
#3 Apr 10, 2010
The so-called deep pockets are about empty. Huggers are cheering for the part they played in killing the company, and no doubt - crying fake alligator tears at the tragedy.
When you say the company laughed, I assume you mean the ones running the mine on a day to day basis. It's hard to believe that superintendents and foremen would not only put their lives at risks, but the lives of the men under them. But a lot of miners have said they did things not quite to code and no one forced them to do it. Defaulted safety switches to run a piece of equipment, used tape to splice a wire - the list is long and not every violation was a major one.
Looking at things in perspective - a large, 5-section mine would get a lot more (maybe 5 times) the violations of a single section mine. The name on the lips of everyone looking for the blame is Massey and Blankenship. Real folks and miners ran these mines on a day to day basis. Real miners who gave their names spoke of their impressions on the conditions. You won't hear much about that. Here, I'll give you a link:
Three who worked at Upper Big Branch say mine is safe
The miners are put through rigorous safety training, not just during their orientation, but every day, he said.
“They trained me real good,” he said.“Every day when we go in, our boss, the first thing he does is go over safety and makes us aware of what’s going on in the section before we even get there.”
He said ventilation and gas control is a big part of what they’re told to keep an eye on.
“They were real picky about the ventilation,” said the Bolt native.“That place was ventilated pretty good.”
Anyone who still works for Massey Energy - please conserve your cash and plan ahead. The future looks uncertain for the largest employer in the Appalachian region & I believe 5th in the nation.
An investigation is certainly warranted, but should be conducted by an independent agency, not MSHA. What was MSHA's role in this? The world may never know. Who's telling the truth? I don'tknow, but I wouldn't want to leave it in the hands of a government agency to determine, especially when it had the oversight over the facility.
Huggers will be moving on to the next company. Is yours the next on the list?
#4 Apr 10, 2010
#5 Apr 10, 2010
Didn't Jim Justice of Bluestone MIning (and now owner of the Greenbrier and Glade Spring Resorts) sell out to Russia?
Maybe Massey can sell out to Russia & let them run the mines.
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