Mining

Category archives for Mining

“He gave us the truth of what happened to our loved ones”

Investigator Jim Beck got to the bottom of what happened at the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster. He died last week from cancer.

The Huffington Post investigates how the mining industry cheats worker safety; Seattle set to raise minimum wage to $15; and the death of a hummus plant worker could have been prevented with better safety practices.

A investigative Houston Chronicle piece exposes the dangers of the tank cleaning industry; North Carolina lawmakers back fracking secrecy with jail time; and Wal-Mart contractor settles in wage theft case.

New Labor Department rules to improve broken system for black lung prevention

The Labor Department announced new regulations to better protect coal miners from developing coal mine dust lung diseases. The are a step in the right direction, but not as stringent as proposed.

Obama’s regulatory czar, Yoda and black lung disease

Three hours after I wrote this “The US Department of Labor has a plan to eliminate coal mine dust lung disease (a.k.a. black lung.) It’s been stuck in White House review for eight months, under the watch of a reg czar who promised timeliness of reviews,” they announced they were issuing the new rules.

Boycott! Don Blankenship’s propaganda film about Upper Big Branch disaster

Don Blankenship is marking the 4th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster with a propaganda film. Boycott it!

Putting names to the numbers of workplace fatality victims

Should fatality investigation reports include the names of the victims? Opinions differ.

Worker fatality: Why wasn’t he wearing his seatbelt?

Seatbelts save lives. But some workers don’t wear them. We might save some lives if we knew why.

Let’s not call it a “spill,” thousands of gallons of MCHM in water supply of 300,000 West Virginians

This is probably too much to hope: the water contamination emergency in WV be recognized as the latest example of the inadequacies in our nation’s policies on toxic chemicals.

No tsunami of regulations, proposals to improve safety for miners languish in White House review

The Obama Administration continues to let proposals to improve worker safety waste away in internal review.