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On Making Mining Safer, Part Two, Or, "Can We Appeal Safety To Death?" | Blue Oklahoma
It was about a week ago that we last got together to talk about safety in coal mines, and we have some new developments in the story that deserve a bit more of your attention. As we discussed last time, there are a huge number of hazards inherent in the operations of underground coal mines, and there are a series of "mitigators" that can be applied to reduce those hazards. Ironically, the biggest hazard these miners face today might not be underground at all. In today's story we'll consider the possibility that the most dangerous location in the mining industry might actually be at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, where an enormous backlog in enforcement actions is keeping dangerous mines open that might otherwise be closed. It's a "bad news, good news" story-but it really does have a potential happy ending, and with a bit of pressure, we can actually make life a whole lot better for miners, and their families, all across the country.