Escape from Farmington No. 9 An Oral History - Background; Escape from Farmington No. 9 An Oral History - Instructor’s Guide and Additional Information
Description:On November 20, 1968, a massive explosion rocked the underground workings of Mountaineer Coal Co.’s Farmington No. 9 Mine in West Virginia. Of the 99 miners who were working in the mine at the time of the explosion, only 21 survived and escaped the mine. This group included eight who were rescued from the Mahan’s Run air shaft. Nearly 40 years after the event, researchers from the NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory conducted oral history interviews with two of the eight survivors rescued from the shaft. The Farmington No. 9 Mine disaster ultimately led to passage of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (amended in 1977).
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