Last week, I wrote about a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly aimed at eliminating a new requirement that all working coal mines have at least two trained medical technicians on duty at all times.
Coal Tattoo has a special interest in following this legislation, as the requirement for two “METs” was put in place after the needless death of David “Bud” Morris, the coal miners whose photo graces this blog’s masthead. Bud’s death was part of my 2006 series on coal mine safety in America. His was one of the more heartbreaking deaths I wrote about. He died because he bled to death from not receiving adequate medical attention.
As I wrote last week, the bill to eliminate the two MET requirement Kentucky lawmaker Keith Hall, who just happens to also be Pike County coal operator.
It turns out that one of Hall’s mines was shut down by Kentucky inspectors last year for violating the two MET requirement. No. Seriously.
As Cheves reports:
Hall is president and owner of Beech Creek Coal Co., which owns the underground coal reserves at Mine #1 in Phelps currently being mined on contract by Kimara Coal Co. (Another lawmaker, House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, is a paid consultant to Beech Creek Coal, giving Hall advice about coal markets.)