Calculating Mine Safety Violations
NPR published a detailed investigative story yesterday on mining safety that finds “safety and health violations by operators of underground coal mines have increased by nearly a third since 2006.”
The investigation, which required a review of 80,000 citations, is full of details on the most common causes of safety violations.
[A]n accumulation of combustible coal dust was the most frequently cited violation overall, accounting for more than one in 10 citations. The analysis found that three categories of problems — fire and coal dust issues; ventilation problems; and electrical issues — each made up about a quarter of the violations found by inspectors nationwide.
The investigation comes after an explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in April, which killed 29 people, brought new attention to the issue of mine safety. TWI has done extensive coverage of the explosion and its aftermath. To read our coverage, click here. And for a tally of safety violations at Massey mines in the two weeks following the Upper Big Branch explosion, see here.