2007 Kentucky Coal Mining Fatalities Hit A Record Low

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Coal mining fatalities in Kentucky hit a record low in 2007 with only two deaths reported.

For the first time ever there were no fatalities underground.

Kentucky coal mines made history in 2007.

State officials say for the first time, there were no mining fatalities in an underground mine and two surface mining fatalities last year is a record low.

Considering the dangers of coal mining, Teco Coal officials say they are proud of the job done by coal miners in their company and across eastern Kentucky.

Dave Blankenship with Teco says tougher drug policies are a big reason why fatalities are down.

“I think the drug testing in Kentucky really shined a light for the nation and I think that has been one of the major impacts on Kentucky in particular,” Dave Blankenship said.

Despite the low fatality numbers, some safety advocates say more still needs to be done.

Teco officials say they agree. and say they stay focused on the safety of miners.

You might remember we reported that nationwide 2007 was actually one of the deadliest years this decade for miners with 32 deaths reported.

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  • by unknown Location: unknown on Jan 3, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    my husband is a coal miner. I am so thankful that the drug testing has become a reason that the coal miners are safer. The drugs that I have personally heard about is absolutely ridiculous.


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