mine safety http://wfpl.org en Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant http://wfpl.org/post/coal-miner-alleges-discrimination-reporting-safety-issues-western-kentucky-plant <p>A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:02:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 8630 at http://wfpl.org Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant Mine Safety Commission Rules in Favor of Whistleblower http://wfpl.org/post/mine-safety-commission-rules-favor-whistleblower <p>The Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission has ruled that a coal miner who reported unsafe conditions won’t be punished for breaking the law.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:51:04 +0000 Erica Peterson 4495 at http://wfpl.org Mine Safety Commission Rules in Favor of Whistleblower Whistleblower Faces State Penalty for Working in Unsafe Conditions He Reported http://wfpl.org/post/whistleblower-faces-state-penalty-working-unsafe-conditions-he-reported <p>An eastern Kentucky coal miner who reported unsafe work conditions is now facing sanctions by the state.</p><p>Mackie Bailey is a longtime roof bolting machine operator who worked at Manalapan Mining’s P-1 mine in Harlan County. For several weeks, Bailey says he and other miners had been working without a required safety device called the Automated Temporary Roof Support (ATRS), which is supposed to brace against the roof of the mine and protect miners from a potential roof collapse.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:47:26 +0000 Erica Peterson 3034 at http://wfpl.org Whistleblower Faces State Penalty for Working in Unsafe Conditions He Reported MSHA Reports Success With Increased Efforts to Protect Whistleblowers http://wfpl.org/post/msha-reports-success-increased-efforts-protect-whistleblowers <p>The federal <a href="http://www.msha.gov/" target="_blank">Mine Safety and Health Administration</a> is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations.</p><p>Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:03:53 +0000 Erica Peterson 1516 at http://wfpl.org Mine Official Pleads Guilty to Safety Violations http://wfpl.org/post/mine-official-pleads-guilty-safety-violations <p>An official with an eastern Kentucky coal mining company has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he put miners at risk.</p><p>Coal mine foremen are required to note hazardous conditions in inspection reports, and then correct them. Manalapan Mining Company shift foreman Bryant Massingale acknowledged that he didn’t do this in federal court on Thursday.</p><p>Massingale worked at the company's P-1 mine in Harlan County. A grand jury charged the company and three officials with exposing miners to the risk of injury or death by violating safety rules in June 2011.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:51:14 +0000 The Associated Press 1362 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Releases Mid-Year Fatality Report; 19 Miners Died in First 6 Months of 2012 http://wfpl.org/post/msha-releases-mid-year-fatality-report-19-miners-died-first-6-months-2012 <p>Nineteen miners died in the first half of 2012, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.msha.gov/FromtheDesk/FromtheDesk07192012.asp" target="_blank">mid-year summary.</a></p><p>Ten of those deaths were in coal mines (the rest were in metal or nonmetal mines). And five of them were in Kentucky&mdash;four of them in coal mines, and one in a limestone mine.</p><p>According to the release from MSHA:</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:00:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 1074 at http://wfpl.org GOP Seeks to Block Funding for New Measures to Reduce Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/gop-seeks-block-funding-new-measures-reduce-black-lung-disease <p>GOP members on the U.S. House Appropriations committee have inserted language into a bill to block a new Mine Safety and Health Department initiative to reduce occurrences of black lung disease--or coal workers&#39; pneumoconiosis.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Howard Berkes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/17/156908140/republican-lawmakers-seek-to-block-funding-on-black-lung-regulation" target="_blank">reported on the new language this morning</a> on NPR&#39;s news blog The Two Way:</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:08:54 +0000 Erica Peterson 1030 at http://wfpl.org California Congressman Says Federal Government Needs More Tools for Mine Safety http://wfpl.org/post/california-congressman-says-federal-government-needs-more-tools-mine-safety <p>The leading Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce says the federal government doesn&rsquo;t have enough tools to keep coal miners safe.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:47:07 +0000 Erica Peterson 999 at http://wfpl.org MSHA Fines Eastern Kentucky Mining Company for 2011 Fatality http://wfpl.org/post/msha-fines-eastern-kentucky-mining-company-2011-fatality <p>A Kentucky coal company has been fined nearly $600,000 by the federal government, stemming from violations that directly contributed to the death of a miner last year.</p><p>In June 2011, David Partin <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/06/29/fatal-accident-reported-in-harlan-county-coal-mine/" target="_blank">was killed</a> at the Manalapan Mining Company&rsquo;s P-1 Mine in Harlan County. A large section of rock fell from the coal mine&rsquo;s wall, and knocked him into a dolly.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:32:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 991 at http://wfpl.org NPR, Partners Investigate Resurgence of Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/npr-partners-investigate-resurgence-black-lung-disease <p>An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.</p><p>Black lung disease--also called coalworkers&#39; pneumoconiosis--is a disease caused by breathing large amounts of coal dust.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 942 at http://wfpl.org