Monday, January 23, 2006
Alma No. 1 Mine
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January 19, 2006, following a mine fire at Aracoma Coal's Alma No. 1 mine, two miners became separated form the rest of their crew as they all fled the smoke and fire. On Sunday, the bodies of Don Â“IsraelÂ” Bragg, 33, and Ellery Â“ElvisÂ” Hatfield, 47 were found by search and rescue crews. This brings the total to 14 men who have perished this year in mining related deaths .
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UMWA OK’D AS SAGO MINERS’ SAFETY REP —
The Mine Workers will be allowed to represent the interests of the nonunion miners at the Sago Mine in Upshur County, W.Va., during the investigation into the Jan. 3 explosion that killed 12 miners. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) approved the UMWA participation after it received a request for the union’s help from Sago miners. Federal mine safety laws permit the union to represent miners at any mine on safety issues at the request of two or more miners. UMWA representatives will have the right to be present during any MSHA interviews of the miners and will be allowed to accompany MSHA investigators during mine walk-throughs. The mine’s owners, International Coal Group (ICG), objected to the union’s participation, but MSHA certified the UMWA’s role Jan. 18. “This investigation is about finding out the truth. If the company has nothing to hide, it should favor an open investigation with all parties participating fully,” said UMWA President Cecil Roberts. At the Aracoma Alama No. 1 mine—a nonunion mine in Logan County, W.Va.—two miners died after a Jan. 20 fire that 10 other miners escaped. Roberts called on Congress and state legislatures to take “whatever steps are needed” to ensure federal and state mine safety agencies strictly enforce mine safety regulations. “We must also develop new initiatives that will give every miner a vastly improved chance to walk out of a mine after an accident, alive and well and safe in the arms of their loved ones,” he said after the two miners’ bodies were recovered Jan. 22