INFRACTIONS HAVE ADDED UP
Upper Big Branch mine infractions
-- Mines are inspected by the federal government at least four times a year.
-- The Upper Big Branch coal mine, the site of Monday's explosion, has been cited 1,342 times for safety violations since the beginning of 2005. (Days since the beginning of 2005: 1,922.)
-- In 25 of those cases, a Labor Department agency proposed fines of $10,000 or more. The mine owner, Massey Energy, has agreed to settle only four; the rest remain under appeal or unpaid.
-- Eighty-six of the citations have been for failing to follow a mine-ventilation plan to control methane and coal dust. Twelve of those citations came last month.
SOURCE: Mine Safety and
Health Administration data