Thursday, April 8, 2010

W.Virginia and China Coal Mining Dangers


Cecil E. Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, said it has become clear that the intent to use harsher fines to create a safer work climate for miners is "being subverted by the huge contested rate that has overwhelmed the government's ability to deal with its caseload."
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17 comments:

  1. Sean5, Maddie5, Sydney5, Eric5April 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Miners encountered numerous amounts of dangers in working in the coal mines. Many think that roof fall was/is the greatest danger, but methane gas is. Methane is a natural by-product of the organic processes that took place millions of years ago when coal was formed. In earlier times, safety officials would go in to check the mines before workers entered. Coal dust is also a dangerous explosive. Today, electronic sensors constantly monitor the methane and for Black Damp (a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide that can cause suffocation if sufficiently concentrated). Another high danger is the invisible hazard lung disease (also known as the Black Lung) brought by breathing in coal dust.


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  2. Rachael5, Paige5, Casey5April 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Miners go through many hardships on a day to day basis. A miner has to spend unbearable hours down under the ground in very harsh conditions. They have to work with air conditions that can cause cancer at a very young age. Miners should only spend up to a certain amount of hours when they are spending way longer than needed. The president of mining in West Virginia wants the money and the goods and he doesn't respect the minds of the miners. Because of this innocent men are dying.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  3. Miners face lots of dangers down in the coal mines. The mine could collapse or they could get lung cancer due to all the toxic gases. Methane is a natural by product of the organic processes that took place millions of years ago when coal was formed. There might be safety regulations but the companies are not following them due to this workers have been losing their lives.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  4. Kendall3, Tyler3, Nick3, Sammy3, Kyla 3April 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    25 West Virginia miners were killed in a coal mining disaster Monday which just goes to show that it's a very risky career to have. The coal mining companies have made new safety rules to ensure that this will not happen again. Some major coal mining companies developed a novel strategy to respond to more aggressive safety regulations that were imposed by Congress after two deadly mining accidents in 2006. Federal safety regulators began to impose more fines, so naturally the companies responded by contesting the citations. While the contested cases are being reviewed and judged, the companies don't need to pay the fines that were being contested.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  5. Emily Haley Gabriel Natalia Juliette 3April 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    The minors had a lot of troubles because it is dangerous to work in mines. Minors worked mostly everyday and they were in danger every second of the day that they were underground. Some of the dangers can be the top caving in and diseases such as lung issues because of being underground with a lot of gasses. The dust from the coal is also explosive so the minors need to be careful down there because even if a little exploded they will be in danger because that can cause the entire to to collapse.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  6. Reese5, Lauren5, Matt5April 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    25 people were killed in a mine in West Virginia on Monday. Mining is very dangerous work because the roof of the cave can collapse and you can be trapped in a cave for a long time or be killed. You can also be exposed to fatal gasses that may cause very harmful diseases. Miners live in very harsh conditions like these and they have to work with them every day. Federal safety regulators began to impose more fines, but the companies responded by contesting the citations. They need more safety regulations for the miners.

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  7. Reese5, Lauren5, Matt5April 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  8. Because back in the old days when chinese people came to america they mostly work in coal mining. The people will take advantage from them and gave them the hard jobs like the slaves or like you work in jail. They chanese people to go plan the dynamite and while they are still close to the bomb the blow the cave hole up and the people somtimes survive and sometime will die. All because of making coal energy.

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  9. 25 people were killed on Monday. This is a very dangerous job because there are harmful gases that could causes diseases that could kill them. Some other harmful things are that the entire roof and surroundings could collapse around you and crush you. Federal safety regulators just started to charge more fines, but the companies responded by giving out citations.

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  10. Tiffany3, Ricardo3April 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    On Monday, twenty-five miners in West Virginia were killed. This caused coal mining companies to make new safety rules to prevent disasters like that. Coal mining is a very dangerous job. People with that job could get illnesses from harmful gases in the mines, and the roof could also collapse on them. Normally, when federal regulators notice that a mine has a pattern of violations, the government can change it, but other problems need to get fixed first.

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  11. Tiffany3, Ricardo3April 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  12. Rachel3, Elise3, Casey3, Keaa3, Doninic3April 20, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Being a miner is a very dangerous job. The recent issue with the deaths of 25 West Virginia miners caused much controversy because the companies neglected to fix the new safety rules that they were required to fix. Due to the deaths, they should fix all of their citations because more deaths should not happen due to the companies preference in fixing the citations that they want to fix. These miners face many disasters in their line of work, but they could be slightly avoidable if the companies decided to fix the citations.
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  13. Donna5, Boothe5, Mandy5, Hassan5, Nimri5, Daniel5April 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Cecil E. Roberts is the president of the United Mine Workers of America. He noticed that there was something wrong. The Performance Coal Company has had about a thousand violations processed since 2007. He said that they are "the kind of violations that have contributed to mine fires, explosions and the deaths of coal miners." More violations will be processed, and the company will likely figure out what is wrong. If they cannot, then that is a problem. China will lose a lot of people, and eventually, almost be empty in about a century. The Chinese government does not consider it a problem, though, because the country is loaded with people.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  14. Being a Minor is VERY dangerous! It's like you risking your like everyday you go to work because so much things can happen! The 25 deaths from mining in West Virginia was not there fault. It was the companies that wanted to avoid spending their money on trying to makes the mines a safer place.

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  15. http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  16. Conner5, Kevin5, Noelani5, Tieg5, Andres5April 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Newer and stricter mining regulations are being made upon large mining companies. These companies have responded by finding a loophole. They appeal a large majority of citations, which prevent the government from being able to charge the mines or make them become safer for workers. The government is so overloaded by appeals, that they can't prevent unsafe mining companies from forcing unsafe work. The accident in West Virginia is just an example of what is yet to come if the mining companies don't realize their plans are hazardous to their workers.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08

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  17. garrett15, briana 5, kristine 5April 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Coal mining is very dangerous and can be avoided if people are more cautious. Coal mining is getting worse and the employees are getting lazier, "The companies now appeal twice as many citations as they did just four years ago." (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/08) The employees calling the shots are telling the miners to work over the allowed time, and delaying inspections.

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