The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration released its 2012 review of mining accidents a few days ago, and it looks as if the agency's renewed focus on safety has paid off. Just one shy of 2009's record low number of mine workers killed on the job, 36 miners died last year in coal, metal and nonmetal mines. One of those deaths was here in North Carolina.
The widow of a contract worker killed on the job last week has leveled some harsh allegations at the company that runs the plant. In a press conference, the woman and her attorney said the incident was mishandled from the moment her husband died.