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Founding father of modern mine safety honored at centennial event

News Release Posted [June 28,2016]

Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association created in 1916

BRANSON, Mo. – More than a century ago, a legendary and passionate safety advocate had an extraordinary vision for mine safety. In the early 1900s, mining deaths were practically the rule not the exception. In fact, more than 24,000 coal miners perished in industry accidents between 1900 and 1910.


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