Federal Study Backs Installation of Shelters in Nation’s Mines

By | January 28, 2008

  • January 28, 2008 at 2:14 am
    Jake says:
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    Having refugee, or homeless shelters in mines is a bad idea. It might save money, but most homeless people live in cities anyway, so you would have to somehow transport them to the mines. And would they be expected to stay at the shelters during the day as well?

  • January 28, 2008 at 2:32 am
    logical says:
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    “NIOSH estimates portable refuge chambers will cost the industry far more. The report says an $80,000 shelter would cost another $261,000 to $354,000 for training, maintenance and moving over a 10-year life span.

    A shelter built into a mine would cost about the same if it didn’t have to be moved more than once a year to stay close to active mining areas. Moving a shelter twice a year would increase the cost about 75 percent, NIOSH said….”

    Sago Mine disaster killed 12 men in 2006…
    In the United States in 2006, 72 miners lost their lives at work…

    $100,000 (unit) + $275,000 over 10 years is $37,500 a year…

    How do you put a price on the life of each one of those who perished in the mine? I bet its a heck of a lot more than a years wage…

    Dangerous but necessary job – there should be some sort of protective regulations in place for these people. Boohoo Which would they rather hear “Mine company pays for safety shelter – or – Sole survivor sues mine company for millions…”

  • January 28, 2008 at 2:37 am
    Jake says:
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    Just build a nuclear power plant with solar panels on top and then this necessary job might not be so necessary.

  • January 28, 2008 at 4:07 am
    wudchuck says:
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    here’s the problem, why move these? if put in critical points, you wud not need to move them. these points can also be used to help w/the rescue work as well. there shud be more than one in a mine. afterall, life is pricesless and the costs associated can be taken with the company on taxes for safety of the individuals who are working in the plant. if a trucker can get tax break his personal gear safety, so can the mining company. so it’s a win/win/win situation!



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