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Mining Accident and Disasters

Massey Energy Company
Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion
Montcoal, West Virginia
April 5, 2010
29 Killed


Upper Big Branch by Holy Water and Whiskey
Lyrics to this song and more mining music


Resources:

MSHA's Internal Review
MSHA's Report of Investigation
McAteer Report of Investigation (5.1 Mb)
MSHA Single Source Page
WV Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training
Senate Hearing - April 27, 2010
Video: The Miners Lost
Video: Don Blankenship's Fantasy
Video: UBB Disaster Simulation
Video: Obama's Eulogy for the Miners
President Obama's Eulogy (text)
Wikipedia


News Articles:


Upper Big Branch Mine Victims
No. Name Date of Birth Age
1 Carl Acord 01/07/58 52
2 Jason Matthew Atkins 09/14/84 25
3 Christopher Lee Bell, Sr. 09/14/76 33
4 Gregory Steven Brock 01/08/63 47
5 Kenneth A. Chapman 09/17/56 53
6 Robert Eugene Clark 02/20/69 41
7 Charles Timothy Davis, Sr. 09/17/58 51
8 Cory Thomas Davis 05/22/89 20
9 Michael Lee Elswick unknown 56
10 William Ildon Griffith 09/12/55 54
11 Steven J. Harrah 02/27/70 40
12 Dean Jones unknown 47
13 Richard Keith Lane 07/14/64 45
14 William Roosevelt Lynch 03/24/51 59
15 Joe Marcum unknown 57
16 Ronald Lee Maynor unknown 33
17 Nicholas McCroskey 10/29/83 26
18 James "Eddie" Mooney unknown 51
19 Adam Keith Morgan 05/10/88 21
20 Rex Lane Mullins 02/01/60 50
21 Josh Scott Napper 08/22/84 25
22 Howard "Boone" Payne 12/17/57 52
23 Dillard Earl Persinger 10/16/77 32
24 Joel R. Price 12/01/54 55
25 Gary Wayne Quarles 07/01/76 33
26 Deward Allan Scott 10/17/51 58
27 Grover Dale Skeens 08/18/52 57
28 Benny Ray Willingham 05/14/48 61
29 Ricky Workman 07/04/59 50

Average age of the 29 miners:

44.28 yrs.

Oldest miner killed:

Benny Willingham, 61

Youngest miner killed:

Cory Davis, 20