Mine Safety

  • Mine Safety

  • We Must Keep The Promise: Laws That Will Honor The Miners Mine safety regulations, or the lack thereof, are all too often written or not written to advance the popularity and electability of politicians rather than the safety of coal miners. The popular phrase politicians love to use after a mine tragedy is that "we must make sure this never happens again." Typically they then pass a bunch of la[...]
  • Scrubbers

  • Recently I wrote to explain why MSHA (U.S. Government) might have insisted on changing U.B.B's ventilation plan - ubbneveragain.com. Here, I will attempt to explain MSHA's forced idling of continuous miner scrubbers. "Scrubbers" were invented to protect miner's health in the 1970's. They provide multiple advantages for miners. They: Prevent dust from getting in miners lungs by removing it p[...]
  • MSHA Insisted on Ventilation Change -- Why?

  • The ubbneveragain.com documentary points out that the government insisted on changes in the directional flow of the air at UBB that resulted in a reduced volume of airflow.  One reason suggested for the government requiring these changes was simply to demonstrate their authority over mine management. But there is possibly a somewhat less cynical explanation for the government actions.  It has t[...]
  • More Mine Safety

  • Mine Safety Is Not A Political Issue Last month I wrote and posted an essay about what could be done to help keep the politicians' promise to make sure a mine tragedy "never happens again." The reactions based on e-mails and other feedback was not surprising. Politically motivated organized labor "leaders" used the media to make derogatory comments about me personally, but failed, as usual, to ad[...]
  • MSHA

  • MSHA is the Problem, Not the Solution Last month I posted an essay on this website and sent it along with a letter to Congress and some state Governors suggesting that they ask the Mine Safety and Health Administration a few basic questions. The issues the essay brought attention to include the idling of mine equipment scrubbers, the fact that the "MSHA" Upper Big Branch tragedy investigation was[...]