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Ex-Massey Mine CEO: ‘I Don’t Want to Go to 100 Funerals’

Former Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship, facing criminal trial over an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, said the year before that he feared a disaster with 100 deaths. “I don’t want to go to 100 …

Former Kentucky Mine Inspector Pleads Guilty to Bribery

A former state mine inspector has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking bribes from former Kentucky lawmaker Keith Hall. Kelly Shortridge agreed to a plea that was filed in court on Wednesday. It says Shortridge, who worked for the …

Coal-Related Deaths in 2014 Lowest Ever in U.S.

The nation’s coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration reported there were two fewer deaths than the previous low of 18 …

More Inspections, Fewer Mines Result in Lowest Number of Miner Deaths

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials …

Company Fined $1M in Double Fatality at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration imposed a roughly $1 million fine following an investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine in Colorado on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

Coal States’ Senators File Black Lung Benefits Bill

Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania unveiled legislation last week aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims. The bill by the two Democratic senators from …

How Robots, Drones Are Transforming Mining and Mine Safety

Mines without miners? Not quite. Still, a technology boom in robots, drones, driverless trucks and pilotless trains is beginning to reshape one of the world’s most labor-intensive industries, portending automation of logistics, supply chains and mapping and allowing development of …

Nevada Gold Mine Criticized for 61 Workplace Safety Violations

An assistant U.S. secretary of labor is criticizing a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued 61 citations and orders for health and safety violations at Elko County’s Jerritt Canyon mine. A new inspection …

University of Arizona Grant To Study Mine Risk Management

The University of Arizona will conduct two research studies on ways to improve mine safety using $1.3 million in grants from a mine safety foundation. The two grants announced Monday will pay for a risk management study by the university’s …

Officials Concerned Over 3 Miner Deaths in 3 Days

Federal regulators are urging U.S. coal companies to refocus on health and safety regulations after three fatalities in three days. The deaths in occurred last week amid the ongoing government shutdown. In West Virginia, a miner was struck in the …