INDUSTRY: Struggling for Safety

AFTER surviving for seven days in the smoky depths of the fire-ravaged Sunshine silver mine near Kellogg, Idaho, two young miners, Ron Flory and Tom Wilkinson, were amazingly rescued last week. "I'm not normally a religious man, but I sure prayed," Flory said. But 91 others were killed in the nation's largest silver mine. This week Congress will begin hearings to examine what started the fire. One suspicion is that spontaneous combustion occurred in the old mine timbers.

It takes a disaster like this to focus attention on one of the nation's most scandalous problems: on-the-job accidents. Last year they...

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