One Miner Dead, Another Missing in Yet Another Non-Union Mine Disaster

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 4:10 pm

Anyone sensing a pattern here? One miner is dead and another is missing after the roof of a non-union coal mine collapsed in Kentucky today.

The 48 Most Dangerous Mines in America

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 8:50 am

Rep. George Miller released the list of the 48 most dangerous mines in America. These are the mines that have the most outstanding health and safety contested by the mine owners.

We reassembled the data released by Miller’s committee into easy, sortable tables.

Who is Don Blankenship? Massey CEO Has Much to Explain in Wake of West Virginia Coal Mine Disaster

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 2:02 pm

Don Blankenship is CEO of Massey Energy, the owner of the Upper Big Branch mine that exploded yesterday, killing at least 25 miners with four still missing in the mine. Blankenship is well known as a right-wing crackpot and global warming denier, but I want to paint just a brief picture with regard to this disaster

Electrocuted at Age 22

By: Thursday May 1, 2008 10:30 am

Every day, most of us go to work and then come home. Next day: Rinse, repeat.

But some U.S. workers go to work and never come home.

In April 2005, Donald Wilcher Smith was one of them. The 22-year-old central Texas man was electrocuted at the Sanderson Farms processing plant.

This week, his father, Donald Coit Smith, described what it’s like to lose his son.

I do not possess the capacity to adequately describe the horror that possesses my soul from my son’s death.

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