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CDC Report Says Teen Traffic Deaths Down Dramatically

Just in time for the end of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Teen Driver Safety Week, a new report shows that the number of fatal car accident s involving teenaged drivers declined significantly from 2004 to 2008. During… Read More

MSHA Proposal Lowers Miners’ Exposure to Coal Dust

Workers and operators of West Virginia coal mines will see more changes soon. The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced a proposed rule this week that is the latest step in the agency's "End Black Lung - Act Now!" campaign. If adopted, the rule… Read More

Massey’s Troubles Continue at UBB and Seng Creek Powellton

Massey Energy this week added to its complaints about how the Mine Safety and Health Administration is handling the investigation into the West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine explosion. The company was a little more generous in its statement regarding… Read More

MSHA Samples Show Excessive Coal Dust at Time of Upper Big Branch Disaster

The Mining Safety and Health Administration investigation into West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine explosion has confirmed evidence of excessive coal dust near the blast site at the time of the accident. Investigators had said earlier that a combination… Read More

Pipeline Self-monitoring - If This Train Is Moving, Why Isn’t the Scenery Changing? (p. 3)

In our last two posts, we talked about the pipeline disaster in San Bruno, California. The explosion has brought the issue of pipeline safety to the forefront, especially in states like West Virginia that may have older pipes or pipes made of metals like… Read More

If Your Gas Pipe Explodes, Who Ya Gonna Call? (p. 2)

In our last post, we discussed the San Bruno gas explosion and looked at some of the factors that likely contributed to it. Today, we want to focus more on the organizations and processes that work to ensure that houses aren't destroyed and residents… Read More

The Blast Heard Round the Country - San Bruno Explosion a Warning for U.S. Communities (p. 1)

Homeowners, regulators, and utility companies in West Virginia and around the country watched in horror as the details of the San Bruno, CA gas explosion emerged. With four people dead, dozens of people injured, and an entire neighborhood leveled, the… Read More

New Data Shows Traffic Deaths Down in 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released traffic fatality data for 2009 this week. There was good news for West Virginia. Even if the roads are among the most dangerous in the country (see our September 7 post), they're not… Read More

Take Me Home Safely - WV Ranks 47th in Survey

An annual study of the nation's roads was released this week, and West Virginia did not fare well in an important category. With 1.83 highway fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, the state's roads were the third most dangerous in the country. On… Read More

MSHA Investigation of Upper Big Branch Explosion Continues, Flooding Slows Progress

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) provided an update last week on its investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. MSHA is responsible for the civil investigation; the criminal investigation is being handled by the Charleston… Read More

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