The Associated Press reports that 27-year-old Justin Travis and 28-year-old Michael Carter were both killed after a roof collapsed Wednesday night at the Dotiki Mine in Western Kentucky. The mine’s safety record should raise eyebrows.
State and federal records show more than 40 closure orders for the mine over safety violations since January 2009.
Records show inspectors from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing have issued 31 orders to close sections of the mine or to shut down equipment because of safety violations since January 2009. Those records also show an additional 44 citations for safety violations that didn’t result in closure orders.
MSHA records show the mine was cited 840 times by federal inspectors for safety violations since January 2009, and 11 times closure orders were issued.
The records show 214 of the citations were issued in the first four months of this year, and twice inspectors issued closure orders this year.
The two deaths mean that 32 coal miners have dies in Appalachia in April alone.
Calls to the office of Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who represents the district where accident occurred, weren’t returned Thursday.
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