Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coal mining, safety and coal company executives

See article below. . .

What? Like a few dead miners are going to make these corpo-fascist pricks change their ways? They'd have to cut into their profits to do that and it's much cheaper for them to pay out a million here and there to dead miner families than it is to install an all-out safety program that actually goes by the rules.
Safety rules and environmental regulations work and they help, not hurt a company. I witnessed this first hand during my career at a multinational chemical company between 1974 and 2001. If the company I worked for even thought a new rule or reg was going to be placed upon them they immediately implemented said rule or reg., trained all affected personnel and if anyone broke those rules or reg. their ass was busted.
I watched as accidents almost ceased to occur, the workplace became a cleaner and more efficient place and the general environment improved drastically for everyone. In 1974 it was a nasty ugly dangerous place to work. By 2001 there was little danger except for some dumbass that might fuck up, but even they were protected against themselves. Nothing was flushed down the drain and all materials were accounted for from cradle to grave.
It is an abomination that miners are killed on a regular basis in Appalachia. Sometimes there are mass murders. "Murders?" Yes. When companies knowingly ignore safety rules and regs., and someone is killed because of it, it is nothing less than premeditated murder.

Why are these coal company executives allowed to walk free when they have murdered so many?

Feds: Appalachian mines keep breaking safety laws
By TIM HUBER, AP Business Writer Tim Huber, Ap Business Writer – 2 hrs 41 mins ago

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Federal regulators say recent surprise inspections show that despite increased enforcement, underground coal mines continue to violate safety laws.

Mine Safety and Health Administration director Joe Main says it's appalling to keep finding the egregious violations revealed by the agency Tuesday.

MSHA says it found miners working under an unsupported roof at a Tennessee mine, and sections of a West Virginia mine were closed after inspectors found numerous serious violations.

Other problems turned up at two Kentucky mines, including an International Coal Group operation that was issued 43 citations last week.

An ICG spokesman had no immediate comment.

MSHA stepped up enforcement following an April explosion that killed 29 in West Virginia.

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