Family of miner killed in collapse intends 'to keep America running'

Slab of rock fell atop miners

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  • Mort56 Price, UT
    March 24, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    I have worked in the coal mines and I have done retreat mining. Yes, retreat mining is dangerous but I feel that when it done right it is not anymore dangerous than other types of mining. I was taught by men who helped me understand the dangers. I too agree with Elam father Derk's statement "I love coal mining." I was injured when a piece of rib fell on me. Miners have a greater chance of being hurt driving a car than going to work in the mines. We should thank all coal miners for their willingness to go underground to mine the coal that provides us with the life style we enjoy today. Nearly 50% of the electricity generated today is produced using coal. When these accidents happen let's not start overreacting. Let the inspectors do their job and find the reason for this accident. Then we can work to make it as safe as can be.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 24, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    How about insuring that those who knowingly cut safety corners in the name of increase profits, go to jail for manslaughter when someone dies.

    The operative words are "knowingly" "willingly" and "in the name of profits". Take the highest level employee the knew and did nothing, and put them in jail.

    I can assure you that OSHA's job would be lessened.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    March 24, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Thank you for reminding us that individually we all make a difference in this country. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I also appreciate your courageous attitude. May God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    March 24, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    Many people give there lives so we can have many of the materials we have. Same can be said of farming, factory workers and others. We do what we can to make them safer but unfortuntaly accidents do happen despite all that we do. Devastating to family. Seem to be coping.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    March 24, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    We need to do more for those in dangerous positions such as this to keep them safe. It will involve more taxes, but if we don't want innocent blood to be on all our goods, safety inspections, OSHA, and even research needs to happen to keep unnecessary death low in our workplaces. I'd even pay more for my electronics to stop the corporate slavery (literally slaves) and abuse such as what we hear of from China.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 23, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Quite a powerful testament on the part of the mother. Obviously, we all take for granted (with maybe the "Coal Miner's daughter) the plight of the Coal Miner and his great influence on the rest of American Society. Here in St. Louis, there is quite a controversy developing over Peabody Coal and their spinning off of a new coal company, patriot Coal, in order to keep from lpaying pension benefits. There is also a history of corruption, Tony Boyle, within the ranks of the United Mine Workers. We all need to offer a prayer for brave men such as this and their supportive wives and mothers and to "pick up the pick and shovel" and go on with our lives working for justice in the coal mining industry and reform, if needed, for the pension glut which has boomed out of control.