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curious

United States

#1 May 1, 2009
can anyone tell me about the coal miners that work at maple coal?
udntneedakno

Charleston, WV

#2 Aug 19, 2010
umm theyre prolly all married!
Absolutely Agreed

Charleston, WV

#3 Oct 19, 2010
They are almost all druggies or alcoholics despite supposed to be given drug test (hair follicle to begin with). There are some decent one that are married or have families that they actually care about and some older ones that aren't that way. They usually know before a drug test. If you only knew and you are a decent respectible person, then you run, run away!
big poppa

Guangzhou, China

#4 Oct 26, 2010
They work hard.
Absolutely Agreed

United States

#5 Oct 26, 2010
Work hard my a**. Maybe a select few of the better ones. Its seems to me the mines is turning into a grouping spot for druggies anymore. Sad really, especially for the honest ones that must place their lives under ground in the hand of the drugged up ones. A bad place, for bad people. What is happening to miners nowadays? Men in general it seems :(
arctic

United States

#6 Nov 19, 2010
Most are hard working men. I know my hubby is.

Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#7 Nov 21, 2010
Absolutely Agreed wrote:
Work hard my a**. Maybe a select few of the better ones. Its seems to me the mines is turning into a grouping spot for druggies anymore. Sad really, especially for the honest ones that must place their lives under ground in the hand of the drugged up ones. A bad place, for bad people. What is happening to miners nowadays? Men in general it seems :(
You are wrong. The mines is not a "grouping spot for druggies"
These men work a dangerous job. If you have not followed current events then you must have no idea how dangerous it is.
These men would not risk the lives of their coworkers by doing drugs prior to or during work.
I can't speak for all the men who work there or address what they do after work or on their days off but I can say I know many who are just working hard, trying to stay safe, and come home to their families at the end of the day.
Just like at any other mining company.
Joe

Cedar Grove, WV

#8 Jan 4, 2011
Ive worked at Maple Coal, at 1st when it was under different management, it was a great place to work. But after different people were running the show, it was a whole different ball game. Artic, I hate to burst your bubble but there is a lot of drug addicts at Maple, one of which is a boss. He made the place very unsafe and its truly a wonder noone has been killed there.
changes

Summersville, WV

#9 Jan 14, 2011
ive heard all these stories as well and first hand bc i know several who work there and complained about it but what else could they do though about it. They had to have a job to put food on the table. I must say though they are really cracking down there now and there have been and continuing to be big changes....quite a few have been let go, new management, bringing in better and clean workers from other mines, etc...its a start and hopefully continues to be an improvement

Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#10 Jan 15, 2011
Joe wrote:
Ive worked at Maple Coal, at 1st when it was under different management, it was a great place to work. But after different people were running the show, it was a whole different ball game. Artic, I hate to burst your bubble but there is a lot of drug addicts at Maple, one of which is a boss. He made the place very unsafe and its truly a wonder noone has been killed there.
Oh don't say that Joe....lol
I hope your wrong. I really do.
I follow the news when it comes to mine safety. No matter if the mines is in NZ or here in the states. It kills me to wait.
And it breaks my heart when even one miner dies.
My grandfather was president of local 8843 all of my childhood and mine safety was something very important in our home.
I have a soft spot for miners as you can see. My friends in NZ lost almost 30 men in a recent explosion and the wait to see if any made it (for me) was almost as hard as waiting for the rescue efforts in the Upper Big Branch.(or Sego or the Alma #1)
I don't think I could take it here at Maple.
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE

Summersville, WV

#11 Jan 24, 2012
my husband works there. and he is not a dope head. he never does any drugs wether hes at home or on the job.

and it offends me to hear people talk about the men that work there as a group. especailly when they are being spoken of badly. because my husband works his ass off every shift he works. not only does he do his job, but hes always helping other men do their job when his is caught up.

Since: Jan 12

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#12 Jan 24, 2012
My dad worked for maple . He bossed there for a while and he told me that so many young guys keep throwing there jobs away because of drugs . But that's actually at a bunch of mines . My brother works at Patriot and he really doesn't associate with anyone because yah never know who's on drugs .
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE

Summersville, WV

#13 Jan 24, 2012
well my husband wont associate with anyone outside of work because of stuff like that either. he does have a select few friends that he will talk to outside of work but he doesnt go hang out with any of them. and yes there are alot of young guys that start in the mines with a good futre ahead of them. and then they go and get started on drugs and ruin themselves. i just do not understand for the life of me why anybody does that to their bodies and minds. its just beyond me all the way. im just thankful my husband is clean and always has been.

Since: Jan 12

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#14 Jan 24, 2012
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE wrote:
well my husband wont associate with anyone outside of work because of stuff like that either. he does have a select few friends that he will talk to outside of work but he doesnt go hang out with any of them. and yes there are alot of young guys that start in the mines with a good futre ahead of them. and then they go and get started on drugs and ruin themselves. i just do not understand for the life of me why anybody does that to their bodies and minds. its just beyond me all the way. im just thankful my husband is clean and always has been.
yeah I don't see how people can find pleasure or even happiness on all that junk . My stepfather bosses at patriot and he mentioned to me that someone stole his damn lunch box from his locker and the only thing it had in it was his sugar tester . It's pretty pathetic when they start to steal from coworkers .
MAPLE COALMINER WIFE

Summersville, WV

#15 Jan 24, 2012
well if ya think thats bad. when my husband worked for massey in kelleys creek. someone stole his shirt. now come on. a lousy work shirt that had a hole in it to beat all. and it was the exact same kind of shirt the rest of em had. thats bad when they steal anything from a coworker youre right, but a damn shirt? come on.

Since: Jan 12

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#16 Jan 24, 2012
MAPLE COALMINER WIFE wrote:
well if ya think thats bad. when my husband worked for massey in kelleys creek. someone stole his shirt. now come on. a lousy work shirt that had a hole in it to beat all. and it was the exact same kind of shirt the rest of em had. thats bad when they steal anything from a coworker youre right, but a damn shirt? come on.
I would be on edge all the time if I knew I couldn't lay anything down without it being stolen . It makes me so nervous knowing that there are drugs there and a tragedy could happen as a result of someone being on drugs .
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE

Summersville, WV

#17 Jan 24, 2012
yeah i would be on edge too. and i worry myself sick and pray every night that the good LORD in heaven brings not only my man but all the others out safe and sound. i tell ya what when my husband first started in the mines he was on the hoot owl shift like all red hats. well for months i would cry and pray just as hard as i could that GOD would bring my husband home to me and our kids safe everyday. it was so hard to imagine him being down in that mine and taking the chance that any day could be his last. it still worries me after all these years. and i told him from the beginning that he is not to come home telling me about things that happen under that mountain. i dont want to know about rocks falling and timbers cracking and popping and the roof cracking and popping or anything else that could mean danger for him. id just as soon not hear about it. that i worried enough about him with what i already knew about the mines. i didnt need his stories to add to my worries. so he does his best not to talk to me about anything like that and he doesnt mention it around me either.

Since: Jan 12

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#18 Jan 24, 2012
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE wrote:
yeah i would be on edge too. and i worry myself sick and pray every night that the good LORD in heaven brings not only my man but all the others out safe and sound. i tell ya what when my husband first started in the mines he was on the hoot owl shift like all red hats. well for months i would cry and pray just as hard as i could that GOD would bring my husband home to me and our kids safe everyday. it was so hard to imagine him being down in that mine and taking the chance that any day could be his last. it still worries me after all these years. and i told him from the beginning that he is not to come home telling me about things that happen under that mountain. i dont want to know about rocks falling and timbers cracking and popping and the roof cracking and popping or anything else that could mean danger for him. id just as soon not hear about it. that i worried enough about him with what i already knew about the mines. i didnt need his stories to add to my worries. so he does his best not to talk to me about anything like that and he doesnt mention it around me either.
I have been told some story's about what goes on and it just freaks me out ..I always refuse to hear that scary stuff. I worry enough about my family that works in the mines , I couldn't imagine if my husband worked in the mines also .
walter energy miners wife

United States

#19 Jan 30, 2012
My husband has worked there for a few years
He doesn't do drugs! He doesn't tell me what goes on at work either.He knows if I would found out that some s o b. Put his life in more danger then what it already is.Then they would probably end up where the sun doesn't shine. If you get my hint.I take my husbands job and safety VERY SERIOUS!!!!!!
MAPLE COALMINERS WIFE

Summersville, WV

#20 Jan 31, 2012
walter energy miners wife wrote:
My husband has worked there for a few years
He doesn't do drugs! He doesn't tell me what goes on at work either.He knows if I would found out that some s o b. Put his life in more danger then what it already is.Then they would probably end up where the sun doesn't shine. If you get my hint.I take my husbands job and safety VERY SERIOUS!!!!!!
my husband has only been down there for about 8 months. and i know what you mean about worrying about your husbands safety. i worry about my husbands safety also. and if any of them men down there does anything to hurt him. well they have had a bad bad day!

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