(Excerpted from Congressional Digest, January 2008)
On January 2, 2006, an explosion ripped through the Sago
mine in Upshur County, West Virginia, trapping 13 miners
underground; only one person was brought up alive. Two
weeks later, a fire at a mine in another West Virginia county
killed two miners, and on May 20, 2006, five miners lost
their lives in a mine explosion in Harlan Country, Kentucky.
By the end of 2006, 47 miners had died on the job — a 10-
year high and more than twice the number of deaths in 2005.
These accidents were a grim reminder that mining is
still one of the most dangerous occupatio…
In This Issue
Injury and Health Issues and the Federal ResponseRead More
Strengthened Laws and New TechnologiesRead More
Findings of the Inspector GeneralRead More
Major Provisions of the S-MINER ActRead More
Recent Action on Mine SafetyRead More
Pro & Con
Should Congress Pass H.R. 2768 and H.R. 2769, to Strengthen the MINER Act of 2006?