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Coal Mine Disasters

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1883

Legislature established the West Virginia Department of Mines and fatality records began to be kept

Other events that happened on or around 1883

Nov 20, 1894

Eight men were killed in Colliers

1900

Coal production had doubled

Other events that happened on or around 1900

1906

Explosion in Parral Mine killed 23

Other events that happened on or around 1906

Dec 06, 1907

Worst U.S. mine disaster killed 361 miners in Fairmont Coal Company's interconnected Nos. 6 and 8 at Monongah

1907

Stuart shaft mine explosion killed 85 men

Other events that happened on or around 1907

1910

U.S. Bureau of Mines created after the Fairmont disaster of 1907

Other events that happened on or around 1910

Apr 28, 1924

An explosion at Benwood's Wheeling Steel coal mine killed an entire shift of 119 men

Jan 10, 1940

Pond Creek No. 1 mine at Bartley exploded, killing 91

1954

Explosion at Jamison No. 9 mine killed 16

Other events that happened on or around 1954

1956

Mine at Bishop exploded

Other events that happened on or around 1956

1957

Bishop mine explodes again

Other events that happened on or around 1957

1961

Accident classified as a "disaster" changed from when 5 died to 3 or more

Other events that happened on or around 1961

Nov 20, 1968

Gas and dust explosion occurred in Consolidation Coal Company's No. 9 mine at Farmington killing 78 miners

1969

Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act

Other events that happened on or around 1969

Jul 22, 1972

Blacksville No. 1 mine fire killed 9

Mar 19, 1992

At Blacksville No. 1, four miners were killed when methane ignited while drainage pipes were being welded

Jan 02, 2006

Explosion at the Sago Mine killed 12 miners

Other events that happened on or around January 02, 2006

Apr 05, 2010

Other events that happened on or around April 05, 2010


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