Mine safety Officials Issue Warning to East Kentucky Mine for Violations

June 16, 2008

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a warning to a mine in eastern Kentucky for safety violations.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the agency issued the warning on June 12 to Stillhouse Mine No. 1 in Harlan County.

In MSHA’s letter, District Manager Irvin Hooker says the mine had an average of 9.6 “significant and substantial” safety violations per 100 inspection hours based on a two-year review of citations ending March 31.

Hooker said Stillhouse would have to decrease that number to 6.73 per 100 inspection hours and provide a written plan for improvements to avoid a finding that the mine has a pattern of serious violations.

The newspaper reports that attorneys for Stillhouse did not respond to phone messages.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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