Kentucky Live! Mike Guillerman, Western Kentucky Coal Miner

Mr. Guillerman speakingMr. Guillerman spoke as part of our Kentucky Live series on Thursday, October 15th at Barnes & Noble on Campbell Lane.

Michael D. Guillerman worked for the Peabody Coal Company from 1974 to 1991. Over his long career, his jobs included belt shoveler, timberman, shooter, drill and shuttle car operator, rock duster, and finally section foreman. Now retired, he lives with his wife Marie in Union county, Kentucky.

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41 Responses to Kentucky Live! Mike Guillerman, Western Kentucky Coal Miner

  1. Coal mining is an extremely dangerous job, having worked in this industry, and survived in this danger zone for so many years shows a man who must be intelligent and have a can do attitude.

  2. Youve had a great career sir.



  3. I missed this event. Does anyone know if Mr. Guillerman is coming back?

  4. “belt shoveler, timberman, shooter, drill and shuttle car operator, rock duster, and finally section foreman”

    Wow that’s a lot of jobs for a short human lifespan! All the best to you sir!

  5. Wow, indeed a great man you are sir! Hats off to a gentleman!

  6. Coal minning was not only dangerous but also very tough. My Grandfather was one for 30 years but he loved the bonding he had with the workers. I admire anyone who went down there and stuck it out.

  7. Peabody coal company is still quite active today. And successful. A recent article talks about how they will be be potentially partnering with India.

  8. @ auto insurance rates,

    Coal mining may be dangerous, but not as nearly dangerous as oil rigs. I’m referring to the gulf of Mexico where 11 people just died

  9. “Michael D. Guillerman worked for the Peabody Coal Company from 1974 to 1991” – nice long run. You don’t see longevity at a company like that anymore.

  10. Sounds more exciting than a desk job. Actually, I knew someone who was a coal miner. It is a rather hazardous profession. It takes a lot of courage and strength.

  11. Not many people can survive long for a coal mining work. I’m sure this gentleman has certain excellent skills made he survived in this field for so many years.

  12. Wow!!! What an outstanding career, especially considering how long of a run he had. Coal mining is a very dangerous job, a great man indeed.

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  16. Coal minning is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet. I’m glad Mike got away unscaved.

  17. The goal of coal mining is to remove coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and since the 1880s is widely used to generate electricity. Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa, a coal mine and its structures are a “colliery”. In Australia, “colliery” generally refers to an underground coal mine.

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