CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 06, 1968
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(Studio) Part 2 of special announced.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Farmington, West Virginia) High risk rate for miners noted. National Safety Council says mining most dangerous big industry Bureau of Mines reports with regard to violations of mine safety law cited. Consolidation Coal Company record and Farmington accident noted. [Senator Gaylord NELSON - blames Bureau of Mines.] [Director Bureau of Mines, John O'LEARY - notes fatalistic attitude.] Procedure for inspection said faulty. Pub. relationship film of coal company shown. [Victim's bro., Tony MEGNA - criticizes mines.] [President Consolidation Coal Company, John CORCORAN - notes unprofitability of unsafe mines.] Kenneth Hechler quoted with regard to United Mine Workers Union attitude. [President UMW, Anthony BOYLE - on November 21, 1968, film, says Consolidation one of better companies] [MINER - notes fact that Consolidation mine blew up.] [BOYLE - says union trying to handle problem.] [MEGNA - cites pressure on miners to produce.] Production has outstripped safety. [MINER - works in mine as he has no choice.] Miner quoted with regard to blood on every ton of coal.
REPORTER: John Hart