Wednesday, January 04, 2006

12 miners die, 1 survives - Chicago Sun-Times

This was heartbreaking news to wake up to this morning. After going to bed hoping that all was well, we find that the initial report from CNN was wrong. My sympathy and prayers go out to the families of the miners who have died. The Sago mine staff and owners must work together to investigate the cause of the collapse and take whatever steps are needed to prevent this from happening again. Mining is a dangerous occupation as it is, so any safety improvements that can be made through the coal comapnies must be done. Improving mine safety serves the bottom line by preserving efficient production, and I'd think that would make both workers and management happy. Hopefully the mine owners and United Mine Workers' Association will work together on this.

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