Slab of rock fell atop miners
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.