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May 24, 2010

The Safety Of Mines

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Members of Congress are in Beckley, W.Va. today to examine last month's Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Many of those testifying will be family members of the 29 miners who died in the blast. Frank Markosek knows about the dangers of mine work. He was a miner for 30 years before he became a mine inspector with MSHA, the government agency that oversees mine safety. He was part of the Crandall Canyon rescue crew that tried save trapped mine workers in 2007. That mission was cut short when the mine collapsed again, killing three rescuers and leaving Frank with traumatic brain injury. Dick talks with Frank and his wife Trudy about their lives in the aftermath of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster, and their thoughts on what should be done to improve mine safety.

  • Read more about Frank in theSalt Lake Tribune
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