Tribute to the WV coal miner... No matter if it is underground or surface mining we owe so much to the coal miners that do so much for us.
We have those that protest against mining and try to kill our spirits. The coal miners are a strong willed breed of individuals that carry on family traditions.
If it weren't for the men and women that risk their lives daily where would America be. I come from a coal mining family and I have worked at the mines myself.. however I did not work in the dangerous situations of the mining industry even though I was on the job site. It gave me a whole new meaning and understanding for what these brave men and women do. Granted the major majority is men that work in the underground mines there are those brave women that go out every day knowing like the men do it could be the last time they see their families.
Southern WV is coal country.. we live and breath coal.. it is our backbone and without it we would have nothing.. Many of the towns would be ghost towns without the mines.
The media focus on fines and regulations which each mine will have some more than others. These violations have to be addressed and the inspectors have to approve the situation or the mine is to be closed. Some are more critical than others and say a mine has 400 violations yes that is a red flag.. What may not be told to the public is some of those maybe due to a port-a-john not being clean, trash in a ditch line, a door that needs repaired and steps that are unsafe. All need addressed for sure. Then there is the major violations of unclean water, gases, high walls, electrical, and even not filling out the books correctly just for examples..These are the one's that the media should focus on and let the public know about. Still when you look at the records it shows every violation and fine combined. With that being said the mine where we lost so many of our friends and family members has had major violations.
There must be changes made in the mining industry that we can all agree on. Cutting corners should not be allowed just to make production. We all know that in all work fields corners are cut no matter if it is small or large it happens and we are kidding ourselves if we think other wise. That is what makes the profit at the end of the day. Still at the end of the day you must remember this.. even if the mining industry was one hundred percent violation free there will be accidents that happen when you are working with mother nature .. Mother nature blesses us and curses us at the same time. We just have to do our best to show her respect.
The coal miners all around the world are to be respected for the hard work they do. They are our families and we all want them to come home to us at the end of the shift. When loss happens it effects us all cause that loss can be in our own family and all we can do is pray for the families left to pick up the pieces. Some families lost more than one family member in recent accident that has rocked our state.. and the sad thing is the same family that lost their loved one sent out another family member to go out and work in the mines today.
There were 31 men working in the section that exploded and at this time only 2 are alive.. there are 18 bodies that they have found and can't get to them to bring them out .. 4 men not sure if they are dead or alive that they haven't found.. It will take God's hand on them to bring them out alive... and 7 bodies have been bought out... The ages range from 20 to 61 that we know of. One family lost 3 members in the blast.
This company is the same company I worked for just a different mine site.. The mine that exploded is not far from my home town and I have family that works there.. They were not working that shift..
Please remember the families and crew members that are working to find the men and bring closer to the families.
God Bless them all.
Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers as well
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