Mine Safety

Mine Safety

Mining is one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. Since 1900, 104,722 Americans have died in coal mining accidents (23,608 in non-coal sectors) while hundreds of thousands have died from black lung, an incurable lung disease brought on by consistent inhalation of coal dust. The first federal mine safety law was passed in 1910, and the government has slowly added new laws every few decades since, usually in the wake of disaster. In 1977, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was created to promulgate, monitor and enforce safety regulations.

Commentary

Massey CEO: "It's (Always) The Government's Fault"

May 20, 2011
US Capitol building

Darrel Issa’s Government Handover

January 05, 2011
Coal Miner

After Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Republicans Still Obstructing Progress

October 05, 2010

Cry Wolf Quotes

It is but the natural course of mining events that men should be injured and killed by accidents.

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Republican Governor G. W. Atkinson (1896-1901.)
01/09/1901 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

Such accidents are little short of deliberate suicide. No legislation can reach such cases as this.

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West Virginia’s chief mine inspector, James Paul. 1903.
01/01/1903 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

We firmly believe behavior modification and training are the keys to ensure miners know and want to do their work in a safe manner.

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Bill K. Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association. Op-ed, Louisville Courier-Journal.

Unwise because it is an unnecessary extension of Federal power and would seem to be a step toward the deprecation of State sovereignty. I am one who still believes in the American system of Government the States have important functions and that State sovereignty is a fundamental and inherent principal of the American democracy.

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West Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Homer Holt, testimony, Subcommittee of the Committee on Mines and Mining.
06/11/1940 | Full Details | Law(s): Mine Safety Act of 1941

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

2011 Death on the Job

The AFL-CIO's annual report about death, illness, and injury at work.

Resources

The Charleston Gazette's blog Coal Tattoo, written by veteran reporter Ken Ward Jr., is a cutting edge blogon the coal industry.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is the goverment agency responsible for the regulation of America's mines.