Mine Safety and Health Administration http://wkms.org en Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record http://wkms.org/post/regulators-couldnt-close-us-mine-despite-poor-safety-record The West Virginia mine where two workers were fatally injured on Monday consistently violated federal mine safety laws, but federal regulators say they were unable to shut it down completely.<p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that two workers were killed on May 12 when coal and rocks burst from mine walls at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, W.Va.<p>MSHA says one victim was operating a mining machine and the other was drilling bolts into the roof of the mine, a process that prevents rockfalls. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:22:11 +0000 Howard Berkes & Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 40580 at http://wkms.org Mine Safety Official Says Fatality-Free Year Achievable http://wkms.org/post/mine-safety-official-says-fatality-free-year-achievable <p></p><p>It’s never happened, but a leading official in the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration believes a fatality-free year in coal mining is achievable.&nbsp;</p><p>Joe Main, who the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration was in Lexington for the Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety and Health Symposium.&nbsp;Just forty years ago, before the U-S Mine Safety Act, Main says a miner was killed every day. Last year, he says, 36 American miners died with 20 of them claimed by coal. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 34235 at http://wkms.org Mine Safety Official Says Fatality-Free Year Achievable