Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America -- often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures. Many more die prematurely from work exposure to toxic materials.
In an in-depth interview, independent Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster investigator J. Davitt McAteer discussed his new report on Massey Energy's "systematic failure to comply with the law" on numerous levels.
It's illegal in America to buy or sell a human being, but a recorded conversation between a Republican governor and a guy he thought was a billionaire shows that it's still possible to own a politician.
The fatal April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine started with a frictional ignition on the longwall face involving as little at 13 cubic feet of methane that would not normally be expected to cause such devastation.
Federal investigators searching for the cause of the April 5 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster have collected evidence suggesting that the mine owner, Massey Energy, failed to adequately control coal dust.