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The red hat test: Make safety and training a priority

May 7, 2014
The Marietta Times

I started working in the coal mines in September of 1972 at the age of 18. My orientation lasted all of 10 minutes. After less than a year of coal mining, I quit to attend my second year of college. Fifteen months later I was back in a different coal mine. Immediately prior to beginning my second job in the mines, a young miner was killed in a roof bolting accident. I didn't know the young man but I learned that he was my age. It seems that he had worked in the coal mine all summer and at the last minute had decided to postpone his junior year of college at Ohio University to work an additional quarter. Unfortunately, a second's lapse of attention along with inexperience cost him his life.



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