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Wed December 19, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Whistleblower Faces State Penalty for Working in Unsafe Conditions he Reported

An eastern Kentucky coal miner who reported unsafe work conditions is now facing sanctions by the state. Mackie Bailey is a longtime roof bolting machine operator who worked at Manalapan Mining’s P-1 mine in Harlan County. For several weeks, Bailey says he and other miners had been working without a required safety device called the Automated Temporary Roof Support (ATRS), which is supposed to brace against the roof of the mine and protect miners from a potential roof collapse.

 Credit Courtesy of Mackie Bailey Mackie Bailey in the P-1 Mine. The ATRS' are visible in the foreground of the photo; law requires they be held against the roof.Edit | Remove