Safety and OSHA News

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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6 months after mine disaster: Why are more miners dying?

Six months ago, 29 men died in the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in 40 years. Since then, another 13 miners have died, despite a crackdown by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). What’s going on? [Read more…]

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Mining deaths down significantly: Can something be learned from this?

Is tough enforcement a good thing? The number of miners killed on the job in the U.S. last year fell to the lowest number in the 100+ years that records have been kept. [Read more…]

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Obama’s latest pick again signals increased regulation

No contrast between the Bush administration and the Obama administration is more stark  than the dramatically different signals they’ve sent in selecting nominees to head federal safety and labor agencies. [Read more…]

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