Latest Mining accident Stories

2011-04-05 08:56:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, today issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the coal mine explosion that claimed 29 lives at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia: "One year ago today, an explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine took the lives of 29 miners in the worst mine disaster in 40 years. Mine safety and health took on new meaning as we witnessed the...

2011-01-13 15:44:00

MSHA chief pledges continued enforcement, outreach on behalf of nation's miners ARLINGTON, Va.,, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mining fatalities in the United States significantly increased in 2010, following a year marked by the fewest deaths in mining history, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. Seventy-one miners died on the job last year, compared to 34 in 2009. Forty-eight of those deaths occurred in coal mines, and 23...

2010-04-07 11:41:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has appointed a team to investigate the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch South Mine (Performance Coal Co.) in Whitesville, W.Va. "Twenty-five hardworking men died unnecessarily in a mine Monday," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The very best way we can honor them is to do our job. MSHA's investigation team is committed to finding out what happened, and...

2008-10-31 00:00:16

China was hit by three separate coal mine disasters on the same day, with at least four workers confirmed dead. All three disasters occurred Wednesday, two of them in northwest Shaanxi Province and the third in central Henan Province, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The bodies of three workers were retrieved Friday while another 26 remained missing after a gas explosion in a shaft in the state-owned Yaotou mine in Shaanxi Province's Chengcheng County, the report said. Seven...

2008-10-30 00:00:10

Gas exploded in a coal mine in northwest China's Shaanxi province, trapping 29 miners, officials said. The blast occurred late Wednesday in the shaft at the Yaotou mine in Chengcheng County in central Shaanxi, Xinhua reported quoting a provincial government spokesman. Emergency rescue operations were under way, the state-run news agency said, adding no additional details were immediately available.

2008-10-02 21:00:16

WHEELING - J. Davitt McAteer, a vice president at Wheeling Jesuit University, is getting a national advocacy award from the American Public Health Association. McAteer will be honored later this month in California with the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health for what the group says are outstanding career-long contributions. The Shepherdstown attorney was a special adviser to Gov. Joe Manchin after the 2006 Sago Mine disaster. He's also a former director of the federal...

2008-09-30 09:00:42

China has 25,000-strong mining rescuers BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's mining rescue efforts have had solid achievements, with the number of rescue teams reaching 397 and trained rescuers reaching 25,000, according to the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS). In addition, 18 mining medical rescue bases and 24 medical rescue teams have been established, involving 8,000 medical workers, SAWS sources said. Since 2004, national mining rescue teams have worked on 13,864...

2008-09-18 18:00:40

Federal investigators concluded that an International Coal Group subsidiary lacked safeguards at a West Virginia mine where a miner was killed last May, according to a report issued Wednesday. Despite the criticism over the death of miner Adam Lanham, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration did not cite ICG's Wolf Run Mining over the May 30 accident, according to the report. Typically, faults uncovered during a fatal accident investigation can result in a contributing violation...

2008-09-14 12:00:19

Authorities in China's Henan Province say seven men died when a tunnel in a coal mine collapsed in Luoyang City. Three other miners were missing after Saturday's collapse in central China, reported Xinhua, China's official news service. The mine, which produces 150,000 tons of coal annually, is owned by Xin'an Xintai Coal Mining Co. Ltd., a consortium of mining firms in Xin'an County, Xinhua reported.

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