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West Virginia Mine Disaster: Repeated Safety Violations Were A 'Red Flag'

Isn't this reason enough to have more government regulations?
Big businesses rarely cares about YOU!
Do you think Massey Energy cared more about profit than safety?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:19 PM on Apr. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (5)
  • Sadly it is often the case that safety regulations are not properly enforced by the regulators sometimes due to lack of staff and even political pressure from the industry, as has happened with airline safety.

    The company that owns the West Virginia mine has already been fined hundreds of thousands for safety violations , of which it has reportedly paid only $200, 000.

    It should have been closed until the problems were corrected and the fines paid. it wasn't and lives have been lost. Better enforcemant of regulations is clearly needed.


    Answer by janet116 at 10:51 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • 500 violations in the past year, Its more profitable for a coal mine company to pay fines than have a safier enviornment for their employees.
    Mostly all the accidents/ violations have taken place in NON Union mines.
    I'll take a miners union anyday!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Capitalism killed West Virginia miners.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

    Miners reluctant to act with no workplace voice
    Last year, 78 percent of the nation's underground coal mines -- and 96 percent in Kentucky -- were non-union.
    Operators of union mines who scrimp on safety must deal with determined union stewards, who often call government inspectors if a problem isn't corrected.
    Non-union miners who complain are often fired and blackballed, which makes it almost impossible to get another job in a nearby mine, miners said. So most don't complain.
    The result is a dramatic difference in working conditions between union and non-union mines. Rates of deaths and serious injuries from accidents and black lung are all higher in small mines, which are usually non-union, than in large,

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:31 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Before you go off like this, OP, you should research some of the other mine disasters over the years. They are ALWAYS flagged with safety violations. Every explosion, collapse, flood, cave in. Even going back to 100 years ago, you hear about how they have safety violations. The common thread there? Nobody could be bothered to shut them down. For as long as there have been government regulations there have been regulators turning a blind eye to enforcing them. Why on earth would you ever think that adding a few more would suddenly lead to enforcement? Why don't you instead ask Washington and the state why they weren't enforcing the regulations that are already there?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:03 AM on Apr. 7, 2010