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This Week in West Virginia History Audio Files
 


 
Massey Energy Company
Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

Montcoal, Raleigh County, WV
April 5, 2010
No. Killed 29

5th Anniversary Disaster Audio
 


 
Mountaineer Coal Company
Division of Consolidation Coal Co.
Consol No. 9 Mine Explosion

Farmington, Marion County, WV
November 20, 1968
No. Killed 78

About the Farmington Disaster

About Tony Boyle, UMWA President
 


 
Buffalo Mining Company
Retaining Dam Collapse
No. 5 Preparation Plant
Division of the Pittston Company

Saunders, Logan County, WV
February 26, 1972
No. Killed 125

Buffalo Creek Disaster
 


 
Consolidation Coal Company
Blacksville No. 1 Mine Fire

Blacksville, Monongalia County, WV
July 22, 1972
No. Killed 9

Blacksville No. 1 Mine Fire
 


 
Christopher Coal Company
Christopher No. 3 Mine Explosion

Osage, Monongalia County, WV
May 12, 1942
No. Killed 56

Christopher No. 3 Mine Explosion
 


 
The Hawk's Nest Tunnel Incident
Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, WV
1930 and 1931

Hawk's Nest Tunnel Incident
 


 
Pond Creek Pocahontas Coal Co.
Bartley No. 1 Mine Explosion

Bartley, McDowell County, WV
January 10, 1940
No. Killed 91

Bartley No. 1 Mine Explosion
 


 
Rush Run - Red Ash Mine Explosions
Red Ash, Fayette County, West Virginia
March 18 & 19, 1905
No. Killed 24

Rush Run - Red Ash Mine Explosions
 


 
Wheeling Steel Corporation
Benwood Mine Explosion

Benwood, Marshall County, WV
April 28, 1924
No. Killed 119

Benwood Mine Explosion
 


 
Gauley Coal and Coke Company
Saxsewell No. 8 Mine Inundation

Hominy Falls, Nicholas County, WV
May 6, 1968
No. Killed 4

Saxsewell No. 8 Mine Inundation
 


 
The National Mine Health and Safety Academy opened on August 17, 1976 in Beaver, WV.
National Mine Health and Safety Academy

National Mine Health and Safety Academy
 


 
On December 30, 1969, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.  External Link

Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act