New York - Rhino Eastern has changed management at its Eagle Mine 3 after inspectors warned that coal miners faced the risk of deadly explosions and developing black lung disease. The company acknowledged falling short of safety standards.
Rhino Eastern also took other unspecified disciplinary measures aimed at ensuring miners' safety and full compliance with industry and health standards, the company said in an email Tuesday.
Government inspectors found 38 violations at the Wyoming County, West Virginia mine during a June 24 visit that revealed "alarming conditions," the Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday.
"There is absolutely no excuse for allowing such dangerous conditions to exist, and miners deserve better," MSHA secretary Joseph Main said in the statement.