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10th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

  • Remembering Sago, Ten Years Later
Event Date: 
January 02, 2016

On January 2, 2006, ten years ago, at approximately 6:30 a.m. the Sago coal mine in Tallmansville, West Virginia exploded with 29 miners underground. Although 16 miners escaped uninjured, 12 miners lost their lives in this disaster and one was seriously injured.

That disaster followed by two other coal mining accidents in 2006---the Aracoma Alma mine fire in West Virginia that killed two miners on January 19 and the Darby explosion in Kentucky that resulted in the deaths of 5 miners on May 20--- resulted in the passage by Congress of the 2006 Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER Act).

Learn More:
Read Assistant Secretary Joe Main’s Column about the Sago Mine Disaster

Read the Official U.S. Department of Labor News Statement