"It can be a dangerous occupation," Smith said. "They need to have somebody else looking out for them."One Illinois miner died over the two years covered by the audit, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The miner, 30-year-old Chad Meyers, was crushed between a machine and the wall of the Saline County mine operated by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy, according to a preliminary MSHA report.
Audit Finds Lack Of Mine Inspectors In Illinois
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