About: Farmington Coal Mine Explosion West Virginia November 1968 MSHA
The coal companies and their greedy scumbag owners still don't give a damn about the miners. Miners, to greedheads like Blankenship, are just disposable tools to be used and then tossed aside. The coal company owners are never punished. After a disaster, they go back to their lives of luxury and don't give a second thought to the miners, their families, or the community. They probably laugh at mining disasters, because they have no heart, no soul, and no humanness about them. They only care about money.
Tragically, but not surprisingly, coal miners still have to fight daily for a safe & healthy workplace. To hear how miners who make safety complaints today are treated by outlaw coal operators, check out Raymond Crooke's song "Big Coal Don't Like This Man At All" on YouTube. It tells the true story of Kentucky coal miner Charles Scott Howard, who stood up for safety at an underground mine operated by Arch Coal and was fired as a result. He filed a whistleblower case, won his job back and is working in the mines again!
My Job Agency has just called me, he's found work for me! I have a choice of three jobs. they are:
1. A Certified Nurses Aide at a Nursing Home
2. A Convenience Store Clerk
3. An Underground Coal Miner.
Which job would I chose?
Hand me that Pick, toss me that shovel, then give me that Hard Hat with the light on it, and LOWER ME AWAY. According to the US Department of Labor not only is the Underground Coal Mine Job the safest, it's also the highest paying, 3-4X more than the other two jobs
As shown by the recent Massey Energy disaster, nothing has changed in coal mining. The coal company's owners are still murdering miners in their greed for more money for themselves and their stockholders. Miners, like all workers in America, are nothing but things to be used and tossed to one side or killed. It's criminal, but given our pro-corporatists in D.C., nothing will ever improve. It's all, and ever will be, about money ONLY. It makes me cry.
I live in the same county where this mine explosion happend and the biggest mine disaster in this nations history happened and that was the Mononga mine explosion it killed 362 men and children the nations biggest mine disater to this day im the grandson of a 3rd generation miner and this was a Consol Mine this was the last mine explosion to this day they are the safest company in the industry
Coal Companies! How many accidents has this company had since 1968
I remember being really sick that December. We lived in the next state over-east. The air was very dirty. That was the first time I remember black soot when I would blow my nose. No one would talk about how it was from the big coal mine disaster. "Oh, that is just pollution."