Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on December 03, 2012 @ 7:43PM
Created on December 03, 2012 @ 6:12PM
On Monday, West Virginia's representatives in Washington, D.C. discussed what they plan to do to increase mine safety after Friday's mine accidents.
State Senators said that mine safety is their number one priority. Right now, they're waiting to find out what caused both accidents, then they'll be able to fix the problems that led to those tragedies.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said he wants to make sure accidents weren't caused by a situation that could have been prevented. Miners should never go to work worried that they may not come home at the end of the day. Senator Manchin said he also believes miners should have the right to stop their work if they feel something is unsafe. He said safety always needs to be the first priority.
"To the families of our lost miners: our prayers and thoughts are with them. It's just an unbelievable tragedy and an unbelievable loss. No matter what we say, it will not replace the lost loved ones. But, we will be thinking of them and whatever we have to do, whatever we can do, we will do to make sure that mining is as safe as humanely possible. We've got to make that happen," said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, (D) W.Va.
WV Senators said we still need to work towards fixing problems that we already know exist.
U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller said that he introduced a mine safety bill almost three years ago to fix some of those problems, but it still hasn't passed. He said that he will continue to fight for that bill.
"The loss of any miner or West Virginia workers is a terrible tragedy and we must do everything possible to prevent it. Friday's accidents are reminders that there is more we can do to be sure our miners return safely to their families at the end of every shift," said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D) W.Va.
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