29 Deaths at W. Va. Mine 'Entirely Preventable," MSHA Says

"BEAVER, W.Va. -- Federal regulators on Tuesday blamed the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster on "a workplace culture that valued production over safety," and prosecutors said a record $200 million settlement could set the stage for broad industry reforms."

"Outlining flagrant safety violations and a practice of trying to cover up major hazards, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials cited mine operator Performance Coal Co. with 369 violations -- including 12 that directly contributed to the disaster -- and levied more than $10.8 million in fines

Both the fines and the settlement are by far the largest ever in a case over worker safety in the mining industry."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette December 6, 2011.


"Internal Probe, Criminal Charges Still Pending In W.Va. Mine Disaster" (The Two-Way/NPR)

"Mine Owner Will Pay $209 Million in Blast That Killed 29 Workers" (New York Times)


Source: Charleston Gazette, 12/07/2011