Sunday, December 30, 2007

43 Coal Mine Deaths So Far in 2006

43 coal miners have already died this year (06) in what is shaping up to be one of the worst years in history for coal mining. According to an article in the Daily Athenaeum Interactive of West Virginia, this year's death toll is the highest number of deaths resulting from coal mining accidents in more than a decade. Because colder, dryer air makes controlling the coal dust and methane gas (two of the main causes of mine explosions) harder, worksite injuries tend to occur more frequently in winter. Spokesman for the National Mining Association Luke Popovich says, ''What's maybe different from past winters is that surely there can be no question about overall complacency. This industry, I can tell you, is very, very concerned about safety and to an extent it's dominating conversations in a lot of industry councils, so I think there's no question that safety is priority No. 1 going into this winter.''