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Mining company fined following truck driver’s death

An Oklahoma mining operation has settled with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), agreeing to pay more than $375,000 in fines for serious safety violations that led to the death of one of its truck drivers and the injury of another. In November 2007, Jack Ward, a 66-year-old truck driver, was operating a haulage truck for Farrell-Cooper Mining Co. at its Rock Island Mine in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, when his vehicle slid backwards over the edge of a waste dump. The vehicle plummeted 177 feet down the wall of the waste pit and landed upside-down in a pool ... Read More

After 8 industrial worker deaths in 4 months, OSHA vows to do more

Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a warning to the petrochemical and energy industries today, prompted by the deaths of 58 workers in just the last four months. Eleven of those deaths occurred when the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. Fifteen days prior to the BP oil rig disaster, 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal mine explosion. That mine is owned by Massey Energy, another company with a long and troubled history of federal safety violations. In testimony before a congressional panel on workplace ... Read More