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OSHA fines VT Halter following explosion

ESCATAWPA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has filed shipbuilder VT Halter Marine $1.3 million following an investigation into last year’s deadly explosion aboard a tugboat. The Mississippi Press reports the Nov. 20 explosion killed two subcontractors and injured two others at the company’s shipyard in Escatawpa. VT Halter Marine CEO Bill Skinner said at the time that ...

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Death toll rises at West Virginia coal mine

MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Rescue teams planned to search again today for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades, though officials said the chances were slim that the miners survived, and the search may not be able to start again until evening. The suspended rescue ...

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Coal mine explosion takes seven lives

MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Rescue teams were trying to locate at least 19 trapped miners in a large underground coal mine where an explosion killed seven workers on Monday, the coal company and mine safety officials said. Nine rescue crews usually made up of six members each were at the mine that covers several square miles, but it was not clear ...

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Mueller appealing OSHA penalties

FULTON — Mueller Industries has appealed a $683,000 fine levied by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for alleged safety violations. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports John Hansen, Mueller’s vice president of manufacturing, confirmed the appeal was filed but declined to discuss specifics. The company was fined Jan. 25 by OSHA, which had conducted an investigation into a fire ...

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