MELVILLE, W.Va. — Rescue teams searched today for two miners who were unable to escape after a fire broke out in an underground coal mine. Nineteen miners were able to flee the blaze, state officials said.Hmmm, wonder how many safety violations this mine had?
According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Web site, the Alma mine received 95 citations from MSHA inspectors during 2005. The most recent were issued on Dec. 20, when the mine was cited with seven violations ranging from controlling coal dust and other combustible materials to its ventilation plan.Coming as this does on the heels of the Sago disaster and it's 200+ violations it just makes you think, "big business really does have our best interests at heart", doesn't it? Let's get rid of all that pesky g'ubment regulation that's holding back American enterprise.