Remembering the Sago Miners & Families
Coal Leader and its staff wish to extend their deepest sympathy and
prayers to all the families of the Sago Miners.
Our hopes and prayers are with Randel McCloy, the one miner who survived.
Along with them, the nation has been riveted by the heroic efforts of the
mine rescue teams and others, who rushed to the scene and put their lives
on the line to try and return their comrades to safety.
An independent team of MSHA mine safety professionals will evaluate all
aspects of the accident and response, including potential causes,
compliance with federal health and safety standards, and how emergency
information was relayed about the trapped miners' condition. The team will
examine the accident site, interview mine personnel and others with
relevant information, review records and plans, and inspect any mining
equipment that was involved in the accident.
Findings and conclusions will be summarized in a formal report that will identify root causes of the accident and document how the incident unfolded. Any contributing violations of federal mine safety standards that may exist will also be cited at the conclusion of the investigation.
The investigative team is made up of federal mine safety professionals and experts from around the country. Heading the team is Richard A. Gates, MSHA district manager in Birmingham, AL. John Urosek and Richard Stoltz, ventilation experts in Pittsburgh, PA; Dennis Swentosky, ventilation supervisor in Hunker, PA; Russell Dresch, an electrical engineer in Norton, VA; Joseph O'Donnell, field office supervisor in Bessemer, AL; Clete Stephan, an engineer in Pittsburgh, PA; and Gary Harris, a special investigator in Barbourville, KY. James Crawford, Tim Williams and Bob Wilson, attorneys with the Department of Labor's Solicitor's Office in Arlington, VA, will assist the investigation team.
Governor Joe Manchin has appointed one of the nation's foremost mine safety experts, Davitt McAteer, to oversee a state investigation of the Sago Mine. McAteer would also study broader issues and propose wholesale changes to make the state's mines safer. cl
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