There is a very good chance that you were feeling slightly more fatigued than usual last Monday thanks to Daylight Savings, which studies have shown causes the average American to lose 40 minutes of sleep on the Sunday night after they "spring forward."
While it may seem hard to believe, we are rapidly approaching the fourth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, the single largest U.S. coal mining disaster of the last forty years. The accident, which killed 29 miners and injured two others at the West Virginia-based facility, resulted in not only a flood of litigation, but also in massive safety changes across the mining industry.To illustrate, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration authorized the creation of an internal review team in the immediate aftermath of the fatal event to analyze its actions in the time leading up to the explosion and to offer recommendations moving forward."The internal review was designed to identify shortcomings so that we, as an agency, could take necessary actions to improve mine safety and health," said the assistant secretary of labor for the MSHA. "The result was one of the most comprehensive internal reviews in MSHA history, and the most extensive improvements at the agency in decades."