Workplace safety became an issue on the presidential campaign trail when Don Blankenship appeared at a protest outside a Hillary Clinton rally in West Virginia. Blankenship was recently sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in the massive 2010 Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine accident, which killed 29 workers. Officially, he defeated most of the counts against him, and was found guilty of a single conspiracy charge because of his efforts to skirt safety regulations. He is due to report to prison on May 12th. After discovering Blankenship’s presence outside the event, the Clinton campaign tweeted: “Let’s act on coal miner safety so people like Don Blankenship are held accountable for blatantly disregarding it.”
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