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6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Illinois Coal Mines Increase in Mining Fatalities


Illinois coal mining deaths increased sharply in the past year from one in 2012 to four in 2013.

Illinois Coal Association President Phil Gonet says the state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Mines and Minerals along with mine operators are using training and new mining technology to improve safety.

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8:22 am
Wed January 2, 2013

KY Mining Deaths Cut in Half in 2012

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The number of Kentucky coal miners killed on the job in 2012 fell by half from the previous year. Four died working in the mines this past year, and Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett says the industry is making progress at protecting miners. But he says there’s still work to be done.

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7:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Man Dead in Southern Ill. Mining Accident

A worker has died after being trapped in machinery Saturday at a Saline County, Ill., mine. The incident happened at Willow Lake Mine.  The operation, which employs about 460 people, is run by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Peabody Spokesperson Meg Gallagher says 30-year-old Chad Meyers of Goreville died after being pinned by a continuous mining machine he was operating.

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