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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Five Hundred Coal Miners Converge on Eastern Kentucky for Safety Competition

Angela Sparkman, reporter for WKYT News in eastern Kentucky, reported this week on the KEMI Mine Safety Competition and Training in Pikeville, Kentucky organized in a response to recent mining disasters. The 500 coal miners came from seven states around the country to practice mine rescues and compete against 50 teams "to see who is the best and fastest."

Read what the miners' had to say about their experience in Kentucky and watch some recorded footage from the event in an article posted Wednesday on WKYT News' Web site. Click here.

Coal mine disasters have made big headlines already this year, underscoring the need for such mine safety training events. In early April, the U.S. suffered its worst mine tragedy in four decades when a huge, underground explosion rocked the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killing 29 coal miners and leaving no survivors (a 1970 explosion killed 38 at in Hyden, Kentucky). A string of separate coal mine disasters have killed scores throughout China in 2010. And just one month ago on June 17, the San Fernando coal mine disaster in Columbia killed 73 trapped miners.

Coal mining safety has come to the forefront of OSHA's agenda as it seeks to promote the Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010.

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