Prior to mine blast, Massey bought workers’ comp insurance // Union-busting = death

Massey Energy Bought Workers’ Comp Insurance Shortly Before Mine Blast
by: Dave Lindorff, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Massey Energy Company, owner of the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where at least 25 miners were killed April 5 in a methane gas explosion, apparently arranged for and purchased disability compensation insurance coverage only a month before the disaster, according to one source with inside knowledge about the company’s risk-management operations.

Prior to that, the company, known for its aggressive challenges to workers’ comp claims, was self-insured for workers’ compensation.

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