Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bonus Blog: Coal Mining Companies are now called Jerk Companies

So let me get this straight. Thirteen coal miners got trapped in the mine. A mine in which 273 safety violations have occurred. After many hours, the mine company tells the miners' families that all but one has survived. The relieved family members go to church and prepare a celebration. But several more hours later, another announcement, as the company tells them that, in fact, all but one has died, not survived.

Sorry, guys. When we said "alive" before? About your family breadwinner? We meant "dead." Expect a ham in the mail as a token of our apology.

Ben Hatfield, CEO of the International Coal Group, owns the mine. The unsafe mine. His reaction to this? "Welcome to the worst day of my life." A little flip, isn't it? Hey, Ben. How about your wife gets hit by a car (which the driver has been operating for several months without brakes), you are told she survived, then you are told no, she's really dead, then the driver tells you about the awful day that HE is having? Please. People are dead, but let's hear about your professional crisis. Asshole.

4 comments:

Town E. Dispatch said...

this story is heartbreaking. what's worse is that officials knew their info was faulty within 15-20mins of telling the families they were alive. they waited three hours to correct their error. that's atrocious.

i walked up the street on my lunch break and walked past a paper machine with the day's local paper on display with the headline (in huge bold print) 12 ALIVE! it's enough to make me puke on the sidewalk.

ombudsman said...

Workplace safety just gets in the way of a healthy economy. Support the troops.

MSH said...

Yeah, pretty terrible. USA Today had the uncorrected story on their front page also. The miscommunication and waiting is bad enough, but the Post says the mine had 273 safety violations. So it's not like they have any kind of respectable track record.

I'm ready for some good news anytime someone wants to give me some. Or make some. Seriously.

just thinking said...

It was heartbreaking...