Gambling Lives for the Sake of Profit

This is a great article about #safety, thank you Barbara O’Brien for sharing your article with us.

Gambling Lives for the Sake of Profit | Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

Last week a former executive of Massey Energy Company was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for conspiring to evade federal workplace safety laws. A Massey supervisor and a security chief also are serving prison sentences.

Massey Energy owned a West Virginia coal mine in which 29 miners died in an explosion in 2010. Investigators determined that a volatile combination of coal dust and methane gas caused the explosion that killed the miners. If company management had followed federal safety regulations, the dangerous mixture would not have built up, and 29 deaths at the Upper Big Branch mine would have been prevented.

But the safety measures that would have kept the miners alive would have cost the company more money. Management gambled the miners’ lives for the sake of higher profits. They had been doing this for some time, apparently, in spite of regulations.

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The role of government in workplace safety has been a hotly debated issue in the

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