September 9, 2008 | Barb Carr

West Pittston Shaft Explosion. August 24, 1936…. What has changed? What can China learn from the World?

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West Pittston Shaft Explosion. August 24, 1936.

Caption: “Mine blast victims are brought to the surface.” Five miners were killed in West Pittston Monday when an explosion wrecked a shaft of the Sullivan Trail Coal Company mine, 120 feet underground. The bodies are being brought to the surface while other miners look on.”

To see more historic mining incidents: (http://www.hsp.org/default.aspx?id=267).

After hearing about the China mine explosion last week and recently visiting a mine in New Mexico, I wondered what was the big step change that initiated the Legislative History of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969? Will it take a bigger step change in China? What are your thoughts?

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