GFunkMoneyDog wrote:Their is a overlap between state and federal mine inspectors. They both perform the same job.
Federal Inspectors that can cite safety violations and recommend a process to abate them, are allowed to inspect twice a year. We all know that the bigger companies get the heads up on these inspections in time to clean up the most egregious safety violations they've either ignored or put on a back burner.
Removing the enforcement component from State Inspectors that cite thise violations, is equivalent to giving the go light to ignore them. Additionally, it will add more opportuniity blame shifting. There's no doubt in my mind, relagating State Mine Inspectors to a duty of "analyzing" safety concerns without the authority to abate them, will result in more mining accidents and fatalities.
There's a reason safety regulations were promulgated in the first place. They're there to protect miners and company personnel from the devastation of preventable accidents.
Charles Snavely is a career coal company man. I personally know of the pressure put on the Charles Snavely's of the world to meet production demands set by corporate. The only thing that concerns corporate is the bottom line. If there is a way to cut corners to increase the bottom line, they will do it. The safety of those meeting bottom line demands is secondary. The health and welfare of those that will lose a bread winner when the demand for production, takes precendent over the safety of the life of one of them is not corporate's primary concern. Making their stock holders happy theur first and foremost concern.
No...nothing anyone can say about reducing the oversight of safety precautions for those whose lives depend on them, can convince me it's morally, or even financially responsible. Plain and simple; Short cutting safety in one of the world's most dangerous jobs will lead to mining disasters that are preventable, and will cost coal companies far more in the long run. It's a politically motivated immoral answer to bring prosperity to a few, at the expense of many.