WV: Massey Energy, Formerly Self-Insured, Bought Workers' Comp Insurance A Month Before Mine Explosion

West Virginia - OpEdNews reports that Massey Energy Corp., which owns the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where 25 miners were killed on April 5, was formerly self-insured for workers' compensation, but a month before the April 5 explosion, had purchased workers' compensation insurance...

WV: Law Firms Seek to Represent Families of 29 Miners Killed in Upper Big Branch Explosion

CHARLESTON, WV - Law firms are reportedly approaching the families of the 29 miners that died in the recent Upper Big Branch explosion to represent them in wrongful death actions. To prevail in a wrongful death action, the plaintiffs must prove that company management showed a conscious and deliberate...

WV: Massey Energy to Begin Discussing Benefits Packages for Miners' Survivors

JULIAN, WV - The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Massey Energy will begin discussing benefits packages for survivors of the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, but it remains to be seen if the company packages will deter multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuits that are expected...

MSHA Defends Its Inspection Record, Says Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Was Preventable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joseph A. Main, the assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, writes in an editorial published in USA Today that the federal Mine Safety and Health Adminstration (MSHA) conducts comprehensive inspections of underground coal mines at least four times a year and gets things...

MSHA Announces Series of Public Meetings to Bolster Transparency in Investigation of Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

Arlington , VA (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced it plans to hold two public hearings, two public forums and a public comment period as part of its overall federal investigation into the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch...

WV: Massey Energy CEO Defends Safety Record at Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Post-Gazette reports that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was questioned Thursday by Congressional members, repeatedly defended his company's safety record, this after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch killed 29 miners. The explosion was allegedly caused by a methane...

WV: Massey Sues MSHA for Failure to Approve Ventilation Practices

West Virginia - Massey Energy Co., the company that owns the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit againt the Mine Safety and Health Administration, claiming that Massey was unable to challenge MSHA's ventilation-plan requirements in violation of...

WV: Alpha to Pay Over $200M in Fines, Restitution for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Charleston, WV - The Charleston Gazette reports that Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay over $200 million in fines, victim restitution, and safety improvements with respect to the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in April 2010 that killed 29 miners.

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. The Committee concluded that the mine operator...

West Virginia: Rush of Air, Dust, Debris From Explosion Satisfied “Physical” Component for PTSD Claim

West Virginia is within the group of states that does not allow recovery of workers’ compensation benefits for mental-mental injuries [see W. Va. Code § 23-4-1f (2013)]. Affirming a decision by the state’s Board of Review, the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals recently affirmed...