MSHA Review Cites Missed Violations Before Massey Blast

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 9:04 PM EST) -- Federal regulators released an internal review Tuesday of inspections conducted at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine before a deadly 2010 explosion, finding short staffing, inspector inexperience and management turnover led to weakened oversight at the Massey Energy Co. mine.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration review didn't find evidence that lax enforcement “caused the explosion,” according to Wednesday's report. But inspectors didn't notice some buildups of loose coal dust in the mine, and because of supervisor turnover, MSHA lost track of a 2004 report...
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