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Rescuers Reach 4 of 10 Miners Missing at Coal Mine in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rescue workers in southern Poland have reached four of the 10 miners who went missing early Saturday after a powerful underground tremor and methane gas discharge hit, mining authorities said. It was the second coal mine …

Body of Missing Coal Miner Found After Roof Collapse

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a Kentucky coal miner missing after a roof collapsed deep underground, officials said. INMET Mining CEO Hunter Hobson told WYMT-TV on Monday night that it was with “deepest sorrow” that …

Russia Evacuates 128 Coal Miners Amid Reports of a Fire

MOSCOW (AP)–Authorities in Russia evacuated 128 coal miners Sunday from a mine in Siberia amid reports of a fire in one of its sections. The news comes weeks after a devastating blast in another Siberian coal mine killed 51 people. …

Coal Dust: Mine Managers in Federal Fraud Trial in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four former coal mine officials are being tried on criminal fraud charges in Kentucky for allegedly skirting federal rules meant to reduce deadly dust in underground mines. The men worked as managers or supervisors for now-bankrupt …

Anglo American Exposed Coal Miners to Excessive Risk, Inquiry Finds

MELBOURNE — An Australian inquiry into a blast at an Anglo American coal mine in Queensland state that seriously injured five workers found that the miner repeatedly produced more methane gas than it could remove and had exposed workers to …

2017 Mining Deaths Linked to Experience Level

According to the most recent Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) quarterly call, there were 15 coal-related fatalities and 13 metal/non-metal mining deaths in 2017. One factor stood out among coal deaths, said Marcus Smith, of MSHA’s coal mine accident …

New Coal Dust Rules Aimed at Reducing Black Lung Disease Take Effect Next Year

Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease. Beginning Feb. 1, …

Pennsylvania Coal Mine Fined $110K for ‘Rogue’ Worker Error

Officials with a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine say a $110,000 federal workplace safety fine for an electrical hazard is the fault of a “rogue” employee. Rox Coal of Friedens received the fine, which was reduced from the original amount of …

MSHA: West Virginia Mine’s Ventilation Plans Were a Hazard

Federal regulators issued 196 citations during February impact inspections at 14 U.S. mines, including a southern West Virginia coal mine that was targeted for its ventilation plans. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that it wrote 16 violations …

Utah Tries to Put Out 70-year-old Underground Fire

Utah officials are making a new push to extinguish an underground fire that has been burning in an old coal mine since 1941. Louis Amodt of the Utah Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project is overseeing the attempt to put out the …