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From Sago to Utah, a History of Mine Disasters
The accident in Montcoal, West Virginia, is the latest in a history of fatal mine disasters in the United States, the worst of which also took place in West Virginia and claimed the lives of 362 people. (April 6)
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Remembering the mine disaster in West Virginia 5 years later
Today mark's the 5th year anniversary of the explosion that killed 29 people at the Upper Big Branch in West Virginia
Donald Blankenship Found Guilty in Fatal Mine Blast in West Virginia
Donald L. Blankenship, the former C.E.O. of coal giant Massey Energy, was convicted on a federal charge of conspiring to violate mine safety relating to a 2010 explosion that killed 29 people. The disaster at Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia was the deadliest mining accident in the United States in decades. It placed Blankenship, and his long record of skirting environmental and safety regulations, in the spotlight. Seven months after the disaster, he resigned from his post. The federal jury in Charleston, West Virginia found Blankenship guilty of one of three charges. He was also accused of deceiving investors and regulators, and making false statements and security fraud. Blankenship could still face prison time, but his lawyers said they would appeal the verdict. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/former-coal-exec-donald-blankenship-found-guilty-in-fatal-mine-blast-20151203 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Upper Big Branch - Never Again
This documentary looks at the forensic evidence from the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that occurred on April 5, 2010 and its implications. Can we make coal mining safer? The purpose behind the Upper Big Branch - Never Again documentary is to review forensic evidence from the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that occurred on April 5, 2010. The film seeks to start a public discussion about the need for cooperation among the mining industry, government and mining experts to improve mining safety. Analyzing forensic evidence from tragedies like the explosion at Upper Big Branch and adopting innovations and technology developed by coal companies could bring improvements to mine safety. Don Blankenship is concerned that improvements in mine safety will not be made as long as the geological characteristics of mines and mine disasters are not fully investigated. Visit http://ubbneveragain.com to find out more.
Mine Explosion Survivor Interview
Harry Smith interviews Kevin Lambert, a miner who was about to take his shift at the Upper Big Branch Mine in W.Va. when the explosion occurred that killed 25.
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1962 - Mine Disaster, 37 Trapped By Explosion - 250041-34 | Footage Farm Ltd
For broadcast quality material of this clip or to know more about our Public Domain collection, contact us at [email protected] 1962 - Mine Disaster, 37 Trapped By Explosion 09:05:28 Cars outside Robena coal mine head w/ snowy hillside behind; CU line of ambulances parked, Salvation Army van. 09:05:43 People into building; searchers out of mine shaft. Families sitting in tin shed, man speaking to them (MOS), MCUs & CUs. 09:06:23 Rescue crew w/ oxygen packs into elevator. People waiting in parking lot. Coal Mining Disasters; United States Steel Corporation; Methane Gas; Aftermath; Occupational Dangers; NOTE: If requested will provide unrelated material, 09:01:20 - 09:07:18 (6 cards), at per reel rate.
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Dead WV miners reported alive -  WABC-TV Jan 4, 2006 11pm
13 miners at Sago Mine in WV are reported alive when 12 of the 13 died. A correct account as well as accounts of bad reporting is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sago_Mine_disaster
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Man Riding Accident at Kothagudem SCCL underground mine Shot Film
Short Film on Underground mine Chair Lift System Man Riding Return pulley accident.
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Upper Big Branch Tribute - 3
Part 3 of the WVNS Special in memory of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster: A father remembers the son he lost in the UBB disaster.
Views: 12875 Gary Kirk
Coal miner who died in WV had survived Sago blast - Daily tv news
Coal miner who died in WV had survived Sago blast MILL CREEK, W.Va. - A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one the 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that authorities identified the miner found dead Friday as Owen Mark Jones, a fire boss at the Pleasant Hill Mine. The surface mine is located near Mill Creek, about 90 miles east of Charleston. Jones' brother, Jesse, was among those killed when an explosion ripped through the Sago Mine, about 25 miles from Mill Creek. The brothers had worked together at the same mines for 17 years. On the day of the 2006 explosion, Owen Jones headed a second crew that followed his brother's group into the Sago Mine. His crew was about 10 minutes behind the others because they needed to switch to a larger vehicle, and they made it back out. Jones was among the men who tried to reach the 13 trapped miners, only one of whom survived. "It was like watching your brother falling off a cliff and not being able to do anything about it," he said at the time. Jones later returned to work at Sago, but ultimately asked for a transfer. "Every single noise, you jump," he said. "You're on edge all of the time." Jones, whose great-grandfather also died in a mine explosion, said at the time that the pay was the main reason he returned to coal mining despite the dangers. "My wife and kids don't want me to ever go back, but what are you supposed to do? You either work in the woods around here or in the coal mines or you work for Hardee's or McDonald's or something like that, and then you don't make enough money to live," he said. Jones, 51, is survived his wife, two children and five grandchildren. Gov. Jim Justice's office called the death "especially heartbreaking" because "this family has been devastated twice in the last 11 years by losing loved ones in the mines." The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed the fatality Friday at the Carter Roag Coal Co. mine. No other information about the circumstances of Jones' death was immediately released. Carter Roag is owned by Metinvest, a mining and metals firm headquartered in Ukraine. The federal agency said it's the sixth coal mining death in West Virginia this year, up from three killed on the job last year. Twelve coal miners have been killed nationwide so far this year, up from eight in 2016. Source: http://www.williamsondailynews.com/news/coal-miner-who-died-in-wv-had-survived-sago-blast/article_0b356a20-545b-5f8b-84e4-ab505dacf009.html -------------- THANKS FOR WATCHING ! Click subscribe for more videos: https://goo.gl/H267td You can also find us on: GOOGLE PLUS: https://goo.gl/B8y3uB FACEBOOK: https://goo.gl/ZhEoqF TWITER: https://goo.gl/HQEx1f
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Coal Miner Killed In Mining Accident In Randolph County
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conawaylaw.com  - West Virginia Coal Mine Accidents
Conawaylaw.com has information on the dangers involved in coal mining. Tim Conaway was aware of the dangers well before the recent UBB explosion. The website has links to articles where he called for tougher safety laws.
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Slideshow memorial to 29 miners killed in Massey Energy Montcoal mine disaster
Here's a memorial slideshow to the 29 miners, ages 20 to 61, who died in the April 5, 2010, explosion at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch Mine near Montcoal, West Virginia. This was originally produced for the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, W.Va., by Douglas Imbrogno. The soundtrack is "Andante Quieto," by the New Arts Trio from the CD "Harold Hayslett: A Musical Tribute" (http://cdbaby.com/hayslett). For ongoing coverage into the mine explosion investigation and its legal repercussions, see Ken Ward Jr.'s "Coal Tattoo" blog at the Gazette at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/ NOTE: To view a higher resolution, bigger-screen (and preferred version) of this slideshow, see: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/News/201004160020
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Fatal accident at South Wales coal mine
Two coal miners have been found dead after an underground accident in South Wales. A rescue operation is underway to reach two more mine workers who have been trapped since Thursday morning. The men became stuck 90 metres below the surface after a flash flood at the Gleision Colliery near Swansea. Three other miners managed to escape. For emergency crews, it is a delicate task trying to save those trapped. ... http://www.euronews.net/
Views: 1738 euronews (in English)
From Sago to Utah, a History of Mine Disasters
The accident in Montcoal, West Virginia, is the latest in a history of fatal mine disasters in the United States, the worst of which also took place in West Virginia and claimed the lives of 362 people. (April 6)
Views: 2439 Associated Press
Photos Capture Mining Disaster Heartache
Still photographers capture the emotional toll of the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. (April 6)
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Upper Big Branch Tribute - 5
Part 5 of the WVNS Special in memory of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster: WV's elected leaders reflect on the UBB tragedy & the changes in legislation that have come out of it.
Views: 1343 Gary Kirk
Deadly W. Va. Mine Tragedy
Residents of a small West Virginia community are emotionally shaken after a blast killed at least 25 miners there. As Harry Smith reports, rescuers are still trying to save four trapped miners.
Views: 561 CBS News
Stories from West Virginia Mine Tragedy
David Muir hears from the families affected by the mine explosion.
Views: 11027 ABC News
A Tribute To the Miners and Their Families of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
WV has a long history of mining coal. We are proud people who love our families, our Country and God. This movie is dedicated to all miners and their families. God Bless you for all that you do and all that you sacrifice to provide the U.S. with 50% of its electricity. If you see a miner today, say Thank You.
Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
Don Blankenship and the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. People For Free Speech
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Barbour County man dies after accident at Randolph County coal mine
Ronald R. Taylor, 43, of Belington, W.Va., was injured during the incident and flown from the mine to Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVOMHST officials said.
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Rescue workers found four bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine, dashing the fading hopes of find
HEADLINE: No ''miracle'' ending, bodies of last miners found CAPTION: Rescue workers found four bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine, dashing the fading hopes of finding more survivors of a violent explosion that claimed 29 lives, making it the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation. (April 10) (vo) THE AMBULANCES BEGAN ARRIVING JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT... ONE AFTER ANOTHER, AFTER ANOTHER.... QUICKLY IT WAS CLEAR THIS RESCUE OPERATION HAD BECOME ONE OF RECOVERY... (SOT) we did not receive the miracle we had prayed for we located the four miners who were missing we have a total of 29 brave miners we''re recovering at this time.. (VO) FOR NEARLY FIVE DAYS 18 FAMILIES HAD WAITED AND WONDERED IF THEIR MINER HAD SURVIVED... IF THEIR MINER HAD BEEN ABLE TO REACH ONE OF THE REFUGE CHAMBERS STOCKED WITH FOOD, WATER AND OXYGEN... IN THE END NONE OF THEM HAD A CHANCE... (SOT) none of the chambers had been deployed and none of our minors suffered so this journey has ended and now the healing will start... (VO) BUT HEALING WILL TAKE A LONG TIME.. IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM, AS THE GOVERNOR BROKE THE NEWS TO US... KINDERGARTEN TEACHER TAMMY GOBBLE LISTENED QUIETLY.. (SOT) the knowing it still huts it doesn''t matter families have closure but the pain is still there it won''t go away.... (VO) GOBBLE, LIKE ALL TEACHERS HERE HAS MINERS'' CHILDREN IN HER CLASS.... THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SPRING BREAK... (SOT) it''s supposed to be an easy week, a fun week... (VO) INSTEAD IT WAS A WEEK OF PAIN, SUFFERING, AND DEATH.... (STANDUP CLOSE) WITH THE FINAL DEATH TOLL AT 29 THIS IS THE WORST COAL MINING DISASTER SINCE 1970 WHEN 38 PEOPLE DIED AFTER A MINE IN KENTUCKY EXPLODED.. RICH MATTHEWS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTCOAL, WV. : You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7d3374b8d09cccadee0dc74f43cb5e21 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Footage Of Huge Explosion At Ukraine coal mine
This massive explosion killed at least 18 miners in this accident at a coal mine in the Ukraine
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AP interview with sole survivor of Sago Mine disaster
29 March 2006 1. McCloy and brother walking shot 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randal McCloy Jr., Sago Mine Survivor "Not really much..." 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Anna McCloy, Randal's wife "He says he only remembers bits and pieces, bits and pieces of it." 4. McCloy and brother walking shot 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randal McCloy Jr., Sago Mine Survivor "Yeah, I do miss them." Q: "When you think about them, how do you remember them? What do you think about?" "Well, I try to leave out all the gory details and stuff like that because I don't like to look at them in that light and that way. I just like to picture them saved and in heaven, stuff like that." 6. McCloy and brother walking shot 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randal McCloy Jr., Sago Mine Survivor "The carbon monoxide level was very high and I have no explanation of how I escaped it...and survived. It's just crazy how that ended up being like that." 8. Various shots of McCloy in pool therapy 9. Cutaway to Anna McCloy and brother watching therapy session 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randal McCloy Jr., Sago Mine Survivor Q: "Do you have any interest in going back underground?" "No, I done learned my lesson...the hard way." 11. McCloy in pool therapy 30 March 2006 12. Pan as McCloy is introduced at news conference 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Randal McCloy Jr., Sago Mine Survivor "I thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers, and I believe that is it." 14. Pull back view of news conference STORYLINE: Randal McCloy Jr.'s memories of the 41 hours he lay trapped inside the Sago Mine are, "not much really," just fragmented images he would rather forget. And when he thinks of the 12 friends and co-workers who slowly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning after the January 2 explosion, he pictures them elsewhere. "I try to leave out all the gory details and stuff like that because I don't like to look at them in that light and that way," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I just like to picture them saved and in heaven, stuff like that. Doctors say McCloy, 26, was perhaps minutes from death when he was pulled from the coal mine on January 4 with kidney, lung, liver and heart damage. He was in a coma for weeks, suffering from severe brain injuries. But on Thursday, after three months of intensive rehabilitation, he was expected to return home. Doctors have repeatedly called McCloy a miracle, unable to explain why only the youngest of the 13 miners survived. He is a fitness buff who ate well, lifted weights and rode bicycles. He doesn't smoke. But McCloy himself remains mystified. "I have no explanation of how I escaped it and survived," he said. "It's just crazy how that ended up being like that." Some people speculated McCloy was deeper inside the mine, farther from the poisoned air. But he says he was "pretty much in the same area all the time." His throat still bears a deep purple mark from a long-since-removed feeding tube, but his voice is clear and soft. In the pool at Health South Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, McCloy is still working with therapists to regain agility and reflexes. He will continue to use weights to help speed up his recovery after returning home. Someday, he will start to think about work again. He's considering attending a vocational school, maybe to study electronics. But he won't be going back underground. "No, I done learned my lesson," he said. "The hard way." McCloy addressed an eager crowd of media at the hospital on Thursday morning. "I thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers, and I believe that is it," he said, then walked off the stage and headed for home. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/53d4dad33c6d5ea48f12d0a5c22faa73 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Underground Coal: Pre-Shift Inspection
Frank Kolarik, a foreman at an underground coal mine discusses the basic practices that are part of an underground foreman's pre-shift exam duties. Don Conrad, Mining Consultant, begins the video by discussing a fatal mine accident that involved pre-shifting. Mike Brnich, NIOSH discusses the importance of quality pre-shift exams. Frank also discusses the principles of mine gases, maintaining ventilation controls and rockdusting as well as making good roof checks and air flow measurements. Jim Pablic, Safety Manager at AMFIRE Mining Co., LLC concludes the video with a story that reinforces the importance of good, quality pre-operational checks. Filmed in 2011 as part of Emergency Prevention Performance: An Education and Training Program for Supervisors.
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sago mine disaster
on January 2, 2006 13 men were trapped in the Sago mines in West Virginia, only one made it out alive. a vid i did for my west Virginia history class
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Sago Mine Disaster
The Sago Mine disaster was a coal mine explosion on January 2, 2006, in the Sago Mine in Sago, in Upshur County, West Virginia, USA, near the county seat of Buckhannon. The blast and collapse trapped 13 miners for nearly two days. One of the 13 trapped miners survived. It was the worst mining disaster in the United States since the Jim Walter Resources Mine Disaster in Alabama on September 23, 2001,[1][2] and the worst disaster in West Virginia since the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster.
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13th Anniversary of Sago Mine Disaster
13th Anniversary of Sago Mine Disaster
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Govt. Agency: Deadly Mine Accident Preventable
In the worst mining accident since 1970, 29 coal miners died in single incident last year at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. This past week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration outlined the preliminary results of its investigation into the April 5, 2010, accident. The exact causes remain unknown, but safety investigators have made one thing clear: The explosion in the mine was preventable.
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Josh Napper Letter - West Virginia Mine Disaster
Coal miner Josh Napper had a sick feeling something wasn't right at his job, so he put his thoughts on paper, to those he loved the most before heading back to work. It would be his last communication with them. "If anything happens to me, I will be looking down from heaven," his handwritten note read. The 25-year-old Napper left it with his family in southeast Ohio, where he commuted to on weekends. Napper was among 29 people killed in an explosion at a West Virginia mine. His mother, Pam Napper, didn't find out about the note until after he returned to work at the Upper Big Branch mine on Monday, the day of the explosion. "I just knew that Josh in his heart knew that something was going to happen," Pam Napper said Friday. He knew because his April 2 shift had ended about two hours early over ventilation concerns at the mine. He drove to Ohio to spend Easter with his family. "I said, 'Why aren't you working?"' Pam Napper said. "He said, 'Mom, the ventilation's bad.' And they sent him out of the mines. Everybody." She rushed to the mine site after the explosion. Also that day, his fiancee, Jennifer Ziegler, drove to West Virginia to show her the note written to his mom, 19-month-old daughter and fiancee. "Dear Mommy and Jenna," Pam Napper recalled. "If anything happens to me, I will be looking down from heaven. If you take care of my baby girl, watch over (her), tell her all the good things about her daddy. She was so cute and funny. She was my little peanut. And Jennifer, I know things have never been the greatest sometimes, but I just want you to know I love you and I care about you." The Montcoal Coal Mine, owned by Massey Energy, is still under investigation by federal mining safety investigators. The West Virginia Mine Explosion occurred on Monday, April 5th, 2010, around 3 PM. Video Credit: FOX News Josh Napper Story: The Associated Press
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1 dead in West Virginia mine accident
Murray Energy released a brief statement saying "an accident" had occurred at the company's Marshall County Coal Company's Marshall County Mine. The statement said details about the incident weren't immediately clear. Subscribe to WTAE on YouTube now for more: http://bit.ly/1emyOjP Get more Pittsburgh news: http://www.wtae.com/ Like us: http://www.facebook.com/wtae4 Follow us: http://twitter.com/WTAE Google+: http://plus.google.com/+wtae
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Deadly Mine Explosion in W. Va.
At least 6 people are died after an explosion occurred at a coal mine in West Virginia. CBS News' Bob Orr reports.
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Fail at work: Mining accident - death of super mining trucks !
Fail at work: Mining accident - death of super mining trucks: Liebherr & Cat & Komatsu ... !
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Recovery of Farmington #9: An Interview with Danny Kuhn
Recovery of survivors and victims of the 1968 explosion and fire disaster at the Farmington #9 coal mine. This video contains an interview with recovery worker Danny Kuhn conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
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Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Project
Montcoal, West Virginia
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W.Va. Mine Survivor Recounts Underground Blast
Melvin Lynch was working far from Monday's coal mine explosion in West Virginia and didn't hear or feel it but his brother, Roosevelt, died in the blast. Lynch said he has been working in the mines for more than 10 and is doing his best to cope. (April 7)
Views: 4549 Associated Press
W.Va. Mine Deaths Not First For Company
The underground explosion that killed 25 coal miners in the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1984 is not the first accident to happen at the mine.
Views: 609 WTAE-TV Pittsburgh
Massey Reentry to UBB Mine: June 2, 2010
Massey Energy , MSHA and West Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety and Training reentered the Upper Big Branch Mine on June 2. A sixteen member group made up of Massey members, Federal officials and State officials entered the mine. The initial reentry focused on monitoring the quantity and quality of the air in various locations underground.
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Making Connections News May 05, 2015:  McAteer – Mines No Safer After Upper Big Branch
April 4th was the 5th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch disaster, when 29 coal miners were killed in a methane explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine at Montcoal, near Whitesville, WV. J. Davitt McAteer, who headed the Mine Safety & Health Administration during the Clinton years, led the Governor’s Independent Investigation into the disaster. On this anniversary McAteer published an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette warning that not enough has changed in American coal mines to keep another disaster like Upper Big Branch from happening again. In fact, in some places like West Virginia mine safety laws are being gutted. He spoke to WMMT by telephone. To stay up to date on news and events from throughout the Central Appalachian region, visit our website at www.wmmt.org.
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Coal Mining Executive on Trial after Mine Disaster
It is almost unheard of for a company CEO to go on trial for an accident- but Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy faced charges in connection with a mine explosion that killed 26 miners.
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Four Miners Still Missing
Rescue teams are still trying to save four trapped workers in a West Virginia mine, although the search has been hampered by highly explosive gas levels. Jim Axelrod reports from Montcoal, W. Va.
Views: 13618 CBS News
Upper Big Branch Miners' Families 'Encouraged' by Prosecutors' Moves
West Virginia mine safety officials on Thursday issued 253 violations against Massey Energy in their final report on the 2010 Upper Big Branch mining disaster that killed 29 men. Jeffrey Brown and NPR's Howard Berkes discuss the findings and prosecution efforts to reach higher into the ranks of Massey's upper management.
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WPAHS News: Sago Mine Survivor Reaches 5 Year Anniversary
The medical team at Allegheny General Hospital who helped save the life of the lone Sago Mine Accident survivor -- Randal McCloy -- recall the heroic efforts it took and the miraculous recovery he made in this KDKA-TV report.
Bodies of four missing miners found, reax
(10 Apr 2010) SHOTLIST 1. Ambulances arriving at mine to retrieve miner bodies ++NIGHT TIME++ 2. Ambulances drive into mine entrance ++NIGHT TIME++ 3. Ambulances parked outside mine entrance ++NIGHT TIME++ 4. West Virginia Governor walks to podium 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Manchin, West Virginia governor "We did not receive the miracle that we prayed for. We have accounted for the four miners that have been unaccounted for. We have a total of 29 brave miners who we are recovering at this time. We have been spending time with the families as you can tell. It''s a very difficult time. They''re strong people, very loving and good people, but very, very hard times." 6. Tammy Gobble, local teacher, seen from back, listening to press conference 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Manchin, West Virginia governor "None of the chambers had been deployed and none of our miners suffered, so this journey has ended and now the healing can start." 8. Tammy Gobble, local teacher, listening to press conference 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tammy Gobble, local teacher "The families get some closure, but the pain is still there. It won''t go away." 10. Man hugging Gobble 11. Tight shot of Gobble''s face 12. Man leads distraught Gobble away STORYLINE Search teams have found the bodies of four men missing almost a week since an explosion rocked a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29 in the worst US mining disaster in a generation. The discovery was announced early on Saturday, ending days of futile searches by rescue crews that repeatedly battled a volatile mix of poisonous gases and thick smoke that turned them back on three previous attempts. The massive blast also left the inside of Massey Energy Company''s Upper Big Branch mine a mess of twisted tracks, boulders and debris. The conditions were so rough after the blast that rescuers only late on Friday realised that they had walked past the bodies of the four missing miners on the first day without seeing them, a federal mine safety official said. The explosion erupted without warning on Monday. Two men survived, but 25 were soon known to have perished. That left four unaccounted for, resulting in an agonising week for relatives and authorities who hoped against odds they had somehow survived and managed to find refuge chambers stocked with food, water, oxygen. But none of the mine''s refuge chambers had been deployed, Governor Joe Manchin told reporters after meeting relatives to deliver the news. "We did not receive the miracle that we prayed for," he said, adding that "this journey has ended and now the healing will start". The death toll makes it the worst US coal mining disaster since a 1970 explosion killed 38 in Hyden, Kentucky. Officials say the mission now is to recover all 22 bodies still inside the mine, south of Charleston. Seven others were recovered soon after the blast on Monday. Twenty-eight of the dead were Massey employees and one was a contract worker, a company spokesman said. Officials have not said what caused the blast, but they believe high levels of methane gas may have played a role. The federal Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) has appointed a team of investigators to look into the explosion and President Barack Obama has asked officials to report next week on what may have caused the blast. Once the bodies are recovered, the MSHA and West Virginia regulators plan a joint investigation that could take up to a year, officials said. Mine owner Massey said it would conduct its own probe into the blast. In the days since the explosion, details emerged about an extensive list of safety violations at the mine. But Massey was able to reduce the number of the most serious violations and avoid it. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/9caf543059337e17ba5c12b867754c89 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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West Virginia Big Branch Disaster
(04-05-10) Twenty-Nine Miners Perish Courtesy of: http://www.myspace.com/hitmanproductionsmaine1
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DN!  Massey Energy Mine (3) Cited for 1,300+ Safety Violations
Massey Energy Mine Cited for 1,300+ Safety Violations in Years Leading up to Deadly Explosion Four people remain missing in a West Virginia coal mine two days after a huge explosion killed at least twenty-five miners in the worst mining disaster in the United States in more than a quarter-century. According to federal records, MSHA cited the Upper Big Branch mine for more than 1,300 safety violations from 2005 through Monday. Fifty citations came in the last month alone. We speak with Chuck Nelson, an underground coal miner for thirty years, and journalist Jeff Biggers
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Upper Big Branch mine families
Families of miners killed in the Upper Big Branch disaster on April 5, 2010 talk about what life has been like in the past year.
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