Mining Accidents

While I was working at  Benham Coal Inc,  @ Benham Kentucky ,  as my cousin and me were arriving at work one Tuesday in March,  we saw the mine rescue team loading their equipment on the bus they used for traveling.   We walked in to the bath house and I saw one of my uncle’s taking  a shower and getting ready to leave work early,  I asked him what was going on,  he told me that there had been a explosion inside of the Scotia Mine,  and I had a uncle inside the mine (the other uncle’s brother-in-law) and at least 2 of my cousins were inside the mine when it exploded.   Later in the evening I found out that my uncle had made it out save but his son, and another cousin of mine had been killed in the explosion.

The first explosion had taken the lives of 11 miners,  and 3 days later another explosion in the same mine had taken the lives of 15 more miners, including 3 federal mine inspectors.

Mining Accidents in Kentucky

Picture of Early Mine rescue Men

Scotia mine Oven Fork Ky March 9, 11, 1976

3 thoughts on “Mining Accidents

  • November 9, 2008 at 10:28 am

    That is so sad. With all of the disaster’s in the world, I’m especially effected when it comes to mining accidents. Every time something like that happens at a mine, I watch the tv constantly and pray for a safe return of the miners. The job is so dangerous, yet so important to the US. I would like to give a special thanks to your cousins for giving their lives for their families and the country. I don’t think the average person who is not exposed to mining personally realizes how important it is in our everyday lives. It helped to build this nation and it is still workin to maintain it. I would also like to send a big thank you to you for your continued years of service to our country in this industry.

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