A West Virginia mine owner has reportedly been cited for 600 safety violations prior to a recent deadly explosion.
West Virginia (WiredPRNews.com) – A West Virginia mine owner was reportedly cited for hundreds of safety violations prior to a recent deadly explosion that resulted in the deaths of at least 25 individuals. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the practices of Massey Energy have been called into question after reports of 600 safety violations having occurred in less that a year and a half.
J. Davitt McAteer, who headed the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in the Clinton administration, is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “There are mines in this country who have operated safely for 20 years… There are mines who take precautions ahead of time. There are mines who spend the money and manpower to do it… Those mines haven’t been blown up.”
As noted in the report, the Upper Big Branch disaster is stated to be the most deadly to occur in the nation since 1984.
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