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Philadelphia Inquirer: No deaths so far in Pa. mines in '10

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Pennsylvania mine-safety chief Joe Sbaffoni is almost afraid to talk of it for fear of a jinx, but, barring last-minute misfortune, the state is on track to have its first year without a known mine fatality.
Records have been kept since the late 19th century. Sbaffoni, director of the state Bureau of Mine Safety, said 2010 could end with a clean record. Nationally, 49 people have died this year in mine-related accidents, including the catastrophic blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that killed 29 men, the worst U.S. mining disaster in 40 years. 

The announcement came during a panel discussion at Allegheny General Hospital on the treatment of mining injuries. Panelists included doctors who treated Randal McCloy, the lone survivor of the 2006 mine explosion in Sago, W.Va., as well as members of various mine rescue and medical groups.

Read the rest of the story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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