Safety and OSHA News

Appeals court upholds prison sentence for CEO in connection with 29 miner deaths

It looks like former Massey Energy Corp. CEO Don Blankenship will serve out the rest of his prison sentence now that an appeals court has rejected his arguments to overturn his conviction in connection with the deaths of 29 miners.  [Read more…]

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Coal CEO gets maximum jail time in connection with 29 miner deaths

A federal judge heeded the request of prosecutors and has sentenced former Massey Energy Company CEO Donald Blankenship to one year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards. The deaths of 29 miners six years ago prompted prosecution of Blankenship.  [Read more…]

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It’s official: Feds to ‘increase frequency of criminal prosecution’ for OSHA violations

The federal government says it will step up use of a variety of laws to bring more criminal charges for OSHA violations, particularly those with fatalities and where there was a willful violation.  [Read more…]

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CEO could spend life in prison in connection with workers’ deaths

It’s one of the biggest safety disasters in recent memory. Now federal prosecutors have gone to the top to hold a company official responsible for conditions that led to workers’ deaths. And the CEO’s habit of micromanaging the company’s operations may come back to bite him.  [Read more…]

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Manager going to jail for 3.5 years for hiding safety violations

A judge has sentenced to prison a former manager of the company that ran the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners died on April 5, 2010. [Read more…]

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Mine superintendent charged in Massey mine disaster, could face prison

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 miners in 2010. Legal experts who have been watching the case say this means prosecutors are getting closer to potentially bringing charges against top executives who ran Massey Energy. [Read more…]

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Mine disaster: Hazards hidden, production over safety

An official from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) delivered a stinging indictment of the operators of the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed in an explosion. [Read more…]

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1 year after death of 29 miners: What’s improved?

One year ago today, 29 miners died in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in West Virginia, owned by Massey Energy. In the last 12 months, what’s been done to make sure a disaster like UBB never happens again? [Read more…]

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Should government get out of safety award business?

Six months before 29 workers died in its Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, owner Massey Energy received three Sentinels of Safety awards from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). [Read more…]

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Safety officer refuses to testify in Upper Big Branch mine disaster

The top safety officer for Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners died in an explosion on April 5, has invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and won’t be interviewed by those investigating the disaster. [Read more…]

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