U.S. mine regulators seek a record number of miner reinstatements
Federal mining regulators have filed a record number of temporary reinstatements for miners who have been retaliated against for reporting unsafe work conditions.
The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration said 39 requests have been filed so far in 2012. The last three years averaged only 26 per year. Federal law prohibits retaliation against a miner that files a health and safety complaint or refuses to work under unsafe conditions.
Issues over fears of retaliation surfaced during Congressional hearings held after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia.