Remembering Westray 25 years on Read the front page story from that day.
"We were all happy because there was 25 years' work for people," said Pictou County Coun. Andy Thompson of the opening of the Westray Mine in September 1991. "They were hiring people in the construction phase and I had lots of relatives working there, cousins and friends. There was good work for everyone. They were hiring locals." He was just 23 years old and a recent graduate of St. Francis Xavier University when he returned home the following May. Westray Mine had been operating for eight months, but the enthusiasm there when he'd left for school in the fall had soon turned into concern and frustration. "You heard stories about the conditions," he said, adding the older generation knew about the dangers of high methane levels from the beginning, but no one listened. "There was a whole generation in Pictou County that didn't grow up louis vuitton damier graphite keep bracelet with coal mines so we didn't understand how volatile the coal seams were. The old timers did and they tried to warn everyone." May 9, 2017 Former Westray worker worries about other survivors Don Dickson says he often wonders how his former coworkers at the Westray Mine are coping with their memories years after the explosion that killed 26 miners. Dickson, a native of St. Peter's who also formerly worked at the heavy water plant in Point Tupper, worked at the Westray Mine as a process operator and was on shift the day before the explosion. "I was there from day one, almost, right there to the end," Dickson said. "We finished shift that evening at 7 o'clock, it was 12 hour shifts, four on, four off. We finished at 7 o'clock that night, the mine blew at 5:20 that morning." May 9, 2017 Westray workers knew they were in danger: USW Just weeks before the May 9, 1992, disaster, Hughie MacArthur sat in the Heather Hotel and listened to Westray miners speak about the dangers in their workplace. As a veteran miner himself, who had turned his attention to health and safety with the United Steelworkers, he knew their fears were real. "They explained to my comrades and myself that the mine wasn't being treated with stone dust, which would make the coal louis vuitton bracelet and ring dust ineffective. A dust explosion is much more intense than a methane explosion." May 9, 2017 Marching and remembering victims of Westray Jim Webber Cook was serving as a minister for the United Church in the louis vuitton jobs atlanta ga small community of Esterhazy, Sask., when word reached him of an explosion back home in the Westray Mine. "While you here felt the devastation of that explosion of that day 25 years ago; as you here felt the fear and the anxiety which enveloped this county and then the heartache and grief of loss which gripped you in the days which followed, I remember how those feelings were experienced in other places," he told those gathered for a morning service at Their Light Shall Always Shine Park May 9 in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster that claimed 26 lives. May 9, 2017 United Steelworkers push to see better enforcement of safety laws on 25th anniversary of Westray Hundreds of cities and towns across the country have supported a campaign led by the United Steelworkers to urge governments to better enforce the Westray Law. The first of those municipalities were the six located in Pictou County, and the union recognized them Monday night for their leadership and endorsement, presenting plaques to the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton, Trenton, Westville and the Municipality of Pictou County. "You started it," said Stephen Hunt, the USW director for western Canada.
"We're immensely proud of the work that you did in your community to fight back." May 8, 2017 No more Westrays: Steel workers discuss work safety louis vuitton purses from china with students A day before the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster, Chris Carpenter United Steelworkers of America District 6 health and safety instructor visited all three high schools in Pictou county to remind students who are getting set to enter the workforce that they should never fear for their life when they go to work.
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