Massey Energy has said it will provide financial packages providing health care and other benefits for the families of 29 miners who were killed in the April 5th explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. According to Massey officials, the company will cover health care and college expenses for the miners’ children, and provide increased life insurance payouts. While this sounds good, and it will help families in a limited manner, it’s clearly not enough. Massey’s history, combined with the events leading up to this accident, require much more and the company’s proposal is clearly inadequate. Not only should the families be adequately compensated, but this company should be severely punished for its disregard for employee safety. The announcement came a day after a memorial to those killed and injured in the explosion.
Source: Associated Press
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