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9 Dead in Gas Explosion at Chinese Coal Mine

A gas explosion at a mine in central China has killed nine workers. The accident happened Saturday afternoon at a mine in Hunan province’s Sandu township. A Hunan work safety official says all nine workers underground at the time were …

Feds Issue Final Report on West Virginia Mine Blast Dec. 6

Federal investigators will soon release their final report on the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it will brief the victims’ families and the media …

Backlog of Contested Mine Safety Cases Reduced

The U.S. Department of Labor says a one-year initiative has helped it eliminate some of the nationwide backlog of contested mine safety violations. In a report to Congress last week, it said the number of contested cases at the end …

MSHA: Mismanagement Caused Nevada Mine Accident

Two Nevadans were killed in a mining accident partly because someone wedged a broom handle against a reset button to bypass an alarm that would have shut down the system, federal safety investigators said. The Mine Safety and Health Administration …

Montana Mine Work Suspended After Underground Death

Underground work has been suspended at a central Montana precious metals mine as federal safety inspectors investigate the death of a worker 1,200 feet underground. Stillwater Mining Co. spokesman John Beaudry describes Monday afternoon’s death as an isolated accident. He …

Kentucky Mine Where Two Killed Had Highwall Citation in April

The Kentucky surface coal mine where two workers were killed by falling rock was cited earlier this year over the stability of a highwall. U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration records show the agency cited operator Armstrong Coal in April. …

West Virginia Orders Emergency Mine Inspections

West Virginia mine safety officials have ordered emergency inspections of up to 500 rescue shelters in the state’s underground coal mines. The Charleston Gazette reported the Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training issued the order Friday. West Virginia mines …

Death Toll Rises to 17 in China Coal Mine Blast

The death toll from a coal mine explosion in southwestern China has risen to 17. The official Xinhua News Agency says 28 miners were in the shaft when the blast occurred Tuesday in Guizhou province. Eleven were rescued and being …

China Coal Mine Blast Kills at Least 13 Workers

Chinese state media say an explosion in a coal mine has killed at least 13 workers. The official Xinhua News Agency says five other workers are missing after the blast Tuesday in a mine in the southwestern province of Guizhou. …

Kentucky Tops List for Mine Safety Grants

Kentucky has received the largest piece of $8.4 million in U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration grants for fiscal year 2011. The state is receiving $627,659 from the health and safety training grants. The U.S. Labor Department says the funds …