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March 11, 2015 Coal Mining Accidents

UPDATE: Coal Miner Injured in Fatal Marshall County, WV Mine Collapse Released From Hospital

Good news — According to the office of Miner’s, Safety & Training, one of the two coal miners injured in a fatal incident that occurred Sunday evening, March 8, 2015, at the McElroy Mine in Marshall County was released from the hospital. The other miner remains hospitalized. Unfortunately, the other of the three miners involved was…

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June 8, 2014 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

Coal Miner seriously injured in Raleigh County

Miner Hurt After Accident At Raleigh County Coal Mine A miner was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after an accident at Alpha Natural Resources coal mine in Raleigh County. “A miner was hit by a rock in the hip,” T.D. Lively, a spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The incident happened…

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May 16, 2014 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

After more than 250 major MSHA violations, Patriot Coal’s Brody Mine No. takes the life of two West Virginia coal miners

Boone County, West Virginia Continuous mining machine operators Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, and roof bolter Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville, were killed Monday night while retreat mining at Patriot’s Brody Mine No. 1 near Wharton in Boone County.  Federal officials said the mine had so many safety violations that it was deemed…

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April 16, 2014 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

Don Blankenship’s Documentary About Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster Infuriates US Senator and Community

This year, April 5, 2014, marked the fourth anniversary of the explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners. It was the deadliest coal mine disaster in the United States since 1970.  Every year, friends, family, and West Virginia communities gather to honor, remember, and celebrate the 29…

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