Left fork mining
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wow

Somerset, KY

#2 Nov 10, 2010
Do you know any mines looking for some workers.
coal miner

Winchester, KY

#3 Nov 11, 2010
The owners won't pay their vendors and can't get nothing to work with.Then they blame all their problems on the men. Also they are getting alot of Methane gas in there and they won't listen to their men.That mine is going to be the next upper big branch explosion....wait and see!!
wow

Somerset, KY

#4 Nov 11, 2010
yeah I know my husband work there for 5 or 6 years I know how left fork is someone told us the other day that over half of his men left and went somewhere else.
3M Energy Resources

Knoxville, TN

#5 Nov 13, 2010
Screw Left Fork. I heard 3M was going to buy them out after Christmas.
well

Brownsville, TN

#6 Nov 13, 2010
3M WONT EVEN BE AROUND BY CHRISTMAS...HAHAHA
Informed

Georgetown, KY

#7 Nov 18, 2010
Left Fork and Manalapan will be sold or closed within 6 months. They have over a million dollars of MSHA fines and are poor mine operators which don't pay vendors and poor safety record. This company puts money in their pocket while putting their workers in dangerous mines. This will end bad for all involved.
Coalminer

United States

#8 Nov 18, 2010
As of yesterday they had 10 days to rock dust the mines they'll finish it probably be shut down for couple wkd of December just in time for christmas
wow

Somerset, KY

#9 Nov 18, 2010
Did 3 men get hurt up at left fork last night I was told that they had to fly 2 of them out last night I was woundering if true and if it is true who was the men that got hurt.....
Informed

Georgetown, KY

#10 Nov 18, 2010
Just hope this lack of management and saftey for the men don't end in someone getting hurt or lose their life. Money is not worth much if your dead.
reply

United States

#11 Nov 18, 2010
To "wow" no, that was at Bledsoe Coal.
well

Brownsville, TN

#12 Nov 19, 2010
the general public seems to think coal mining is so dangerous and that operators are "JUST TRYING TO GET MEN KILLED". but as a coal miner i also know that no operator or foreman or anyone in charge of a coal mine would ever do anything that they thought would result in someones death, jail time and severe penalties prevent this not to metion the guilt that a foreman would have. with that said yes coal mining still has its dangers, some that can be prevented and others that cant.
to all my fellow miners "work safe and work hard, america depends on it"
Informed

Georgetown, KY

#13 Nov 19, 2010
Response to "Well" your correct I think most all operators try to keep the safety of men a top goal. However if you have a mine operator that time after time fails safety inspections and don't have enough money to pay the vendors to get material just to keep the mine going you KNOW they will cut safety. Left Fork in a bad operator and the records and fines show it. Just don't want to see my fellow miner hurt by someone who has no idea how to operate a profitable and safe mine.
wymt news

Winchester, KY

#14 Nov 19, 2010
I just seen left fork on mountain news ---they were talking pretty bad about them.. if you don't believe me pull up today's 6 p.m. newscast on the net at www.wymt.com
workthere

Winchester, KY

#15 Nov 19, 2010
I'm telling you Left Fork is an accident waiting to happen. This mine should be closed and when it happens many will look back and say why. This company has no idea how to operate a safe mine.
well

Brownsville, TN

#16 Nov 19, 2010
"workthere" sorry but i couldnt seem to find that news cast....hmmm????
workthere

Pikeville, KY

#17 Nov 20, 2010
"well" I never said anything about a new cast. I know first had because I see it everyday I don't need a new cast to tell me whats going on at Left Fork. The mine is a accident waiting to happen just hope I'm not the one killed or hurt. Bennett's are either broke or to stupid to run a safe mine.
somebody who knows

United States

#18 Nov 20, 2010
workthere..im just wandering why you still work there if its so bad..3M pays around 5 dollars more on the hour so why didnt you leave when the other 25 left(which some of them came back already)
just read

Lenoir City, TN

#19 Nov 21, 2010
Just read a story released from MSHA that Left Fork Mining was the worst mine of all 14500 in America. Google Left Fork Mining News and read the article. It is unbelieveable the most dangerous mine in America is here in Bell County Kentucky. This mine needs closed before men are hurt or killed. Just read the article dated Nov 19 2010.... This company must be crazy to operate a mine in this dangerious condition......
workthere

London, KY

#20 Nov 21, 2010
"somebody who knows" if your in the know what is going on up here at left fork mining. News articles are saying this mine is the most unsafe in America and the most violations. If your in the know what can be done to make this a safe work place for our families. If your in the know then you need to get this corrected or if something goes wrong then your just as much as fault as the owners unless you are the owner. I read the story from the MSHA saying Left Fork Mining was the worst of 14500 mines in America????? If that is not proof enough then nothing is.
Coalminer

United States

#21 Nov 21, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.(AP)- The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Friday it issued 286 citations and orders during October inspections at 13 coal mines in seven states.

The so-called "impact inspections" involve mines with poor compliance histories or other problems that worry regulators.

Since April, when 29 men died in an explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia, MSHA has conducted 160 impact inspections nationwide.

"One of the lessons we've learned is that business as usual won't change the behavior of mine operators who game the system and refuse to take seriously their responsibility for miners' safety and health," said agency chief Joe Main. "This has been a wake-up call for even the most resistant mine operators."

The most problematic of the nation's 14,500 mines in the past year has been Left Fork Mining Co.'s Straight Creek No. 1 Mine in Bell County, Ky. MSHA has ordered it to close 92 times between Nov. 1, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2010.

In May, a federal judge ordered Left Fork's parent, Manalapan Mining Co., to stop warning underground miners that inspectors had arrived on site.

Main said his inspectors successfully seized phone lines at the eastern Kentucky

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