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W.Va. lawsuit seeks mandating mine-safety device

December 21, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit seeks to force two state agencies to require the coal industry to install detectors that automatically shut down mobile machinery in coal mines when people get too close.

Mountain State Justice lawyers filed an emergency petition Friday with the state Supreme Court. It says the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety failed to protect workers by requiring mine operators to install promixity detection systems.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a United Mine Workers member and a woman whose husband died in a mine.

Board administrator Joel Watts tells The Charleston Gazette ( he won't comment on pending litigation. A mine office spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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