W.Va. moves against foreman at mine where 29 died

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia mine safety officials are
moving to unlicense a foreman at a mine where an explosion killed
29, saying he didn't turn on his methane detector when he was
supposed to be checking for the explosive gas.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/IDWlks) says a hearing for
Jeremy Burghduff is set for May 15 before the state Coal Mine
Safety Board of Appeals.

An explosion at the former Massey Energy mine killed 29 men on
April 5, 2010.

The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training alleges
Burghduff had his gas detector off in late March and early April
2010, including the day of the blast. They also say he failed to
carry an emergency air pack at all times, as required by law.

A phone listing for Burghduff was out of service Thursday.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette,
http://www.wvgazette.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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