The case study points out some of the deficiencies mentioned by Wilson in his article, specifically how political appointments lead to a weak administrative system and the tendency to corrupt the individual. Also due to the coal industry being so entwined with the state politics, the industry’s need for monetary gain came before the workers’ need for safety. Had there been a clear separation of politics and administration, it is feasible to believe that the incident at the mine could have been
Homer Hickam thoroughly details much of his childhood and early to late adolescents in his novel “We Are Not Afraid.” Outlined in 4 parts where Hickam details the positive aspects of surviving and making a living working the coal mines. We Are Not Afraid primarily follows working-class Caucasian men, outlining both the positive and negative aspects during this time. As a whole, the novel’s purpose is to turn a disheartening time in history into a time full of pride and happiness. Similar to the memoir Warriors Don’t cry, by Melba Beals, a strong religious atmosphere is present. Coal Miners realize their job is exceptionally dangers, and anticipate the end of their lives. In today's society death is not as prevalent, but it is essential to take death into consideration.
Employees in coal mining are more likely to be killed or get a non-fatal injury or illness and often do not see the sun for days at a time. On the other hand, Rudy would have to work at a steel mill. After high school, Ruettiger went to work at a steel mill but after his best friend died at work there, he knew it was time to get out and chase his dream of playing college football. If this did not work out for him, of course, he would have to return to work at the mill. These two men worked hard to reach their
On the other hand, the negligence of the legal institutions and the indifference attitude towards mine workers from the managers enable Tang and Song’s scheme to work smoothly. Coal mining is a dangerous job and frequently causes death because of the natural collapses. Meeting the safety standards of coal mining is exceptionally expensive, therefore, many mine owners are unwilling to spend the money to ensure the safety of their workers. According to Michael Berry’s interview with Li Yang, China is “a society of relationships”. In the film, owners of the coal mines have connections with the legal institutions. Specifically, when
In the chapter, “Underworld”, the author asks the true purpose of coal mines. After getting a sarcastic joke from a worker, she writes, “Every time we flip on a switch, we burn a lump of coal, each of us consuming about twenty pounds of those lumps a
From February 7, 1942 to the deaths of 111 miners on March 25, 1947, Centralia Number 5 was a disaster waiting to happen. So many things could have been done that were not. Scanlan's first report on February 7, 1942 was a premonition of the disaster to come. Scanlan as an inspector should have and could have done more to prevent this tragedy. This paper will discuss the four measures that Scanlan could have taken to avoid the catastrophe that resulted in so many deaths.
In 1907, two miles south of Centralia, Illinois was the Centralia Mine No. 5. The Mine was there to provide coal during World War II. This particular mine employed 250 men and produced 2,000 tons of coal each day. During the next several years there were several complaints made regarding the safety of the mine. On March 25, 1947, the mine exploded, killing 111 miners. (Stillman, 2010)
“There Was Blood” by Caleb Crain made light of the mining situation in the United States in late 19th century and early 20th century. Crain started with a description of the tragic event at Ludlow, Colorado where a fight between the Colorado National Guards and several miners. He then described the events leading up to the incident. When the people of Colorado was suffering from “an energy crisis”, they turned to the coals. Coals was used to power everything ranging from “bak[ing] bread” to “powered engines that pumped water.” The mining of coals became immensely popular due to this. However, mining coals was dangerous and hard work. The workers were expendable to companies since they could just hired more men for the work. Companies tried to prevent strikes by building open camps, later concrete and wood house, hospitals, schools, and company stores. The workers felt this was a company’s monopoly and those who spoke out got beaten up. Mining deaths were often in Colorado. When John D. Rockefeller took over the company in Colorado, he assigned LaMont M. Bowers to supervise. Bowers made the conditions worse for the workers. Later, the workers
In his book “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free,” Hector Tobar recounts the story of 33 miners who spent 69 days trapped more than 2000 feet underground in the Chile’s San Jose mines following the collapse of the mine in 2010. According to Tobar (2015), the disaster began on a day shift around noon when miners working deep inside the mountain excavating minerals started feeling vibrations. A sudden massive explosion then followed and the passageways of the mines filled with dust clouds. Upon settling of the dust, the men discovered that the source of the explosion was a single stone that had broken off from the rest of the mountain and caused a chain reaction leading to
Along with the dangerous gas that filled up the mines, many other dangers lingered. Maheu and his gang worked "up in hell" (48) in the sixth where The galleries, spaced one above the other at fifteen-metre intervals, seemed to go on forever, and the climb up this narrow fissure was scraping the skin off his back and chest. He was gasping for breath as though the rocks were crushing his limbs beneath their weight, he felt as though his hands were being torn off and his legs were black and blue, while the lack of air made his blood ready to bust through his skin. (48-49)
Sexual harassment was a major problem for the women working in the mine. The men would write horrible slurs about the women in their locker room. Josey would always turn to her boss about the constant sexual aggression towards her. But her boss did not
Germinal, based on the landmark novel by Emile Zola, presents a startlingly authentic and powerful look into the tumultuous, tragedy-riddled lives of 19th century French coal miners. Forced to endure hellish conditions, risk death and dismemberment, and work from before dawn until after dusk, these men and women had only one alternative to mining: starvation. Germinal is not a happy story, but it is impossible not to sense the realism that pervades the project.
Pike River Mine tragedy took place on the 19th November, 2010 and resulted in deaths of 29 workers. Many factors led to this tragedy especially poor decisions made by PRCM and Department Of Labour. In this Report, many aspects of the tragedy will be discussed.
I strongly believe that people should be educated about the December, 1907 3,000 coal mining deaths. In 2001 there were 42 coal mining deaths. All these deaths meant wives loosing husbands and sons. These deaths cause the lost of the bread winners in many house-holds; which, would later add to poverty and single parents.