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April 8th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Mining's treacherous legacy

(CNN) – Over the decades, a lot of coal miner blood has been spilled, despite efforts to pass laws to make their jobs safer.

This week's mining disaster in West Virginia seems to have struck a nerve like no other. The coal mining community there is having a very hard time coping with history once again repeating itself. Our John Roberts takes a look at coal mining's safety record and efforts made to improve it.

Read more: Rescuers enter West Virginia mine

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Floyd Ostruh

    The Taft Hartley Act is responsible for the deaths of 25 coal miners in West Virginia. Read the Taft Hartley Act and you will understand what caused this disaster!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    Every since the invention of the loco motive people have turned to coal to industrialize this country many people have died in the name of science and until a new method of fuel is invented many more will die to quench the American need for coal we have no other choice but to mine .

    April 8, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  3. Ray S. Leonard, PE

    OSHA vs MSHA
    Under OSHA as a project manager/construction site manager I am personally liable including criminal penalties if there are violations of the OSHA code found on my site. This includes responsibility for subcontractors. Why isn't the mine manager and the mine owner being cited for these violations. If I had a death on my construction and it was due to negilence in addition to the company I work for being fined I could go to jail. Why are there two standards – one for construction and one for mining? Money?

    It would be interesting if John did a comparison of the two safety standards and their enforcement.

    Construction site injuries are not an acceptable way of doing business.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  4. Raymond

    The governor of Virginia should not be signing anything honoring the confederacy. The confederacy fought to maintain slavery as a way of life in the north. To put forward a proclamation honoring those who fought in the civil war without mentioning slavery was no casual mistake. This is a vile attempt to give legitimacy to questions concerning states rights while reactionary groups are attempting to move the country to the far right.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:25 am |