Punish Those Who Put Miners at Risk

Punish Those Who Put Miners at Risk

There are 12 comments on the Wheeling News story from Sep 23, 2011, titled Punish Those Who Put Miners at Risk. In it, Wheeling News reports that:

After 29 miners died in the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, both state and federal investigators concluded the accident was preventable.

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Belle, WV

#1 Sep 24, 2011
So many families left without their beloved loved ones. Someone needs to be accountable for all these deaths. Where is the justice?

Chesapeake, VA

#2 Sep 24, 2011
You need to clarify! I am all for mine safety, but when a miner puts his hard hat on and volunteers to go to work he knows what could happen. Bless all the miners

Since: Jun 10


#3 Sep 24, 2011
Well, I don't know if this will help clarify matters any, but, here's the key paragraph from the above editorial article...

"U.S. District Court Judge Irene C. Berger sentenced Thomas Harrah of Seth, W.Va., to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to lying to those investigating the 2010 disaster and to faking a mine foreman's license. Harrah, while working with the fraudulent license, had conducted some safety inspections at Upper Big Branch."

Punish Those Who Put Miners at Risk
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Since: Jun 10


#4 Sep 24, 2011
I don't think 10 months is enough, myself.
I bet

Dunbar, WV

#5 Sep 24, 2011
I bet it is not the first time this has been done the company like to have yes men in upper management because when sh1t hits the fan they want someone in middle management to take the fall.
oh jimmy

Dunbar, WV

#6 Sep 24, 2011
yes, miners knows the danger involved in working at a mines they don't need anymore risk with false records and safety book.

“Don't Start Rumors!”

Since: Oct 09

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#7 Sep 25, 2011
Jimmy wrote:
You need to clarify! I am all for mine safety, but when a miner puts his hard hat on and volunteers to go to work he knows what could happen. Bless all the miners
That may be true, but that does not mean that they should accept the possibility of unecessary deaths due to some jerk off falsifying safety reports or foreman certificates. Wake Up!
wondering if

Dunbar, WV

#8 Sep 25, 2011
I was wondering if anybody hear about the mines on rt. 85 catching their worker having sex in mine office on video?

Charleston, WV

#9 Sep 25, 2011
I think management is more to blame that Harrah. He needed a job and management knew someone would do this. It's just a shame that he is bearing total blame for this. He is definitely the scapegoat. While he should not have done this, people will do whatever it takes to support their family. If he hadn't taken the job, the next person would and this would have still happened. How hard could it be in today's technology to have ran his number thru the state mine foreman directory? Anyone who has the foreman certificates have a card with their number assigned. It should be as simple as running a number and see if it matches the name. If the state does not have a system like this, the company should have to mail something in for the check. If there is no system in place for something as simple as this, then shame on our mining industry. This would not have happened at a union mine because if anyone doubted his credentials, the union men would have refused to work until they were satisfied that he was qualified. Hopefully, Harrah can be useful in pointing the finger at those responsible for allowing him to use a fake document or whoever faked the document for him.
here here

San Jose, CA

#10 Sep 25, 2011
what a well writen statement by viewer. Your point is right on the money. He had to have help with the documention. He was a peon in the company.

Beckley, WV

#11 Sep 26, 2011
I have worked for several coal companys. When I sent in a resume with my foreman cert.#,I was never asked to show my card to anyone from personel man to mineforeman to state and federal inspectors. I guess I just have an honest face.

Buffalo, WV

#12 Mar 11, 2012
First thing I want to say is Thomas Harrah was not working there at the time of the accident he hadn't work there for a yr so get your facts straight before you run off at the mouth,it is ashamed that this happen but don't blame it on him when he wasn't even there.

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