MSHA Releases Report Into Death of Two Killed in 2011 Ohio County Mine Accident

Last year, 21 coal miners died in mining accidents, and eight of them were in Kentucky. I’ve reported on many of these deaths on our website and on the air, but most only after the fact. Two of these mine deaths—the deaths of 47-year-old Darrel Alan Winstead and Samual Joe Lindsey, 23—in a roof fall […]

MSHA Targets 43 Former Massey Mines in Huge Inspection Blitz

The Mine Safety and Health Administration targeted 43 mines formerly owned by Massey Energy for surprise inspections this week, as NPR’s Howard Berkes reports. The mines, in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, are all now owned by Alpha Natural Resources. Berkes reports that the inspection blitz was prompted by a recent incident at an Alpha […]

Mine Operators Continue to Give Advance Warning of Inspections, Despite Heightened Enforcement

As the two-year anniversary nears of the deadliest coal mine disaster in recent history, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is still trying to address some of the explosion’s root causes. One of the biggest impediments for federal inspectors is mine operators who break the law and give advance notice of inspections. When inspectors arrive […]

MSHA Cites Six Kentucky Surface Mines in February Impact Inspections

The federal government has released data from last month’s impact inspections of coal mines. The Mine Safety and Health Administration began conducting surprise inspections of coal mines nearly two years ago, after 29 workers were killed in a West Virginia coal mine explosion. That mine was underground, and many of MSHA’s impact inspections have focused […]

MSHA Cites Four Kentucky Mines in January Impact Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited four Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. The mines were among 16 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were Exel Mining’s Van Lear Mine in Martin County, Perry County Coal’s E4-1 Mine and two Harlan County […]

MSHA Finishes Upper Big Branch Investigation, Blames Massey Safety Lapses

The federal government has finished its investigation into last year’s fatal explosion at a West Virginia coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has imposed record penalties and is standing behind previous statements that the accident was preventable. As soon as one day after the explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine, MSHA’s […]

Chief White to Leave Louisville, Two Workers Killed in Ohio County Mine Accident, Larger Voter Turnout Projected in Louisville Than Kentucky’s Average: Afternoon Review

In case you missed them, here are some of the stories we’ve covered today. Current Chief Robert White has announced he’s leaving Louisville to become chief of the Denver Police Department. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he’s begun the process of finding candidates to be the next chief of police. Two workers were killed after […]

Men Trapped in Ohio County Mine Accident Worked for Company With Previous Violations

The two men trapped under rubble at an Ohio County surface mine have been identified as blasters at a company called MEMSCO, which also does business as the Mine Equipment and Mill Supply Company. MEMSCO has an office in Dawson Spring, Kentucky, but is owned by Midland Powder Company in Evansville, Indiana. According to federal […]

Inspectors Continue to Discover Problems at Harlan County Mine

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were Vision Coal’s Mine #2 in Letcher County, and two Harlan County mines: D&C Mining Corporation’s mine and Linsco […]