General: Mine Safety Quotes

We also endure a Mine Safety and Health Administration that seeks power over coal miners versus improving their safety and their health. As someone who has overseen the mining of more coal than anyone else in the history of central Appalachia, I know that the safety and health of coal miners is my most important job. I don’t need Washington politicians to tell me that, and neither do you. But I also know — I also know Washington and state politicians have no idea how to improve miner safety. The very idea that they care more about coal miner safety than we do is as silly as global warming.

Massey CEO Don Blankenship’s speech at his anti-union Labor Day rally.
313009/07/2009 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

[This bill is] “galloping socialism in one of its purest forms. [It is] “founded on sensationalism and irresponsibility, nurtured on emotionalism and passed…with total disregard of proven medical facts.

The president of the West Virginias Coal Association, Quinn Morton.
03/01/1969 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

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

West Virginia’s chief mine inspector, James Paul. 1903.
311101/01/1903 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety

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

Republican Governor G. W. Atkinson (1896-1901.)
311001/09/1901 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Mine Safety