West Virginia Coal Mine Fatalities: The
The Charleston Gazette reported the death of Mr. King was the sixth West Virginia coal-mining death so far in 2013. West Virginia is leading the nation so far this year in coal mining fatalities. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Mr. King’s family and loved ones during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.Coal mining in West Virginia has always been a risky profession, especially before 1920, when laws had not been created to improve and monitor mine safety. During those years, working as a coal miner was an extremely unhealthy and dangerous occupation. Mining accidents occurred from a variety of causes, including leaks of poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulfide or.May 13, 2014 Those numbers spiked to 48 in 2010, when 29 miners were killed in an explosion at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine. West Virginia is one of the biggest U.S. producers of coal and leads states in coal-mining deaths, Mine Safety numbers show. Before Monday's accident, the state recorded 124 deaths since 2003, about 39 percent of the U.S. total.Using the site. After you have used the online index, go to Helen S. Stinson's book of extracted information from the reports of mine inspectors. The book is titled Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines, 1883-1925. The Family History Library call number for the book is 975.4V2s.