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

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:08 AM
W.Va. moves against foreman at mine where 29 died

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.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com