The Jim Walter mine doesn't have a happy history:
In April, a No.4 miner died from injuries after rock fell from the mine roof. In 2004, two miners at the Jim Walter No.7 mine died. In 2001, 13 miners died at the No.5 mine after a fire and two explosions. McKinney's was the 40th coal mine fatality this year in the United States.Sixteen coal miners had died on the job at this time last year. 23 metal/non-metal miners have also been killed on the job this year, compared with 28 at this time last year.
Much more on this year's coal mining disasters here.