New Laws Implemented At Mine - Part 2

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Some coal miners in Eastern Kentucky say their jobs, and their lives, are not what many people think.

Jesse Joseph says a lot of people have the wrong idea about coal miners.

"We may be stereotyped as what they call hicks," Joseph said. "The effort to go in to mine a block of coal, a lot of people don't realize".

So Joseph suited me up to show us around their office traveling 500, 1000, 1400 feet underground.

"I always believed just anyone can't be a coal miner," Joseph said.

It takes a special set of engineering skills and a lot of heart.

"To just come down here and work beside one every day, you bond a friendship with them," Joseph said.

But it's not all laughs. They look out for one another because they've all heard the stories of other miners killed on the job.

"It affects us, deep down in each individual coal miner it really has an effect on us because we know what that guy is going through," Joseph said.

Joseph says workers and management respect each other no matter their rank because they share a common goal.

"We want everyone, every night, to go home to their families because the one thing we do, we work for one thing. That is to support our families," said Bob Zik said TECO Coal Vice President.

Joseph says he enjoys the challenge of coal mining.

"It's a different breed of men, a special type of men," he said.

Joseph is proud to be one of them.

TECO officials say they've recently put more emphasis on training miners how to respond in a disaster situation.

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