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W.Va. mine safety office urges more reforms to protect workers
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:38 AM EST
West Virginia mining regulators are calling for more reforms to protect coal miners' health and safety.
The Charleston Gazette says the office released the report ahead of the 2014 legislative session that begins Wednesday.
The report also calls for the Legislature and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to provide more money for coal mine regulation and safety training. It says pay increases are needed to maintain a quality inspection staff.
Preliminary federal data released Monday show West Virginia had the most coal mining deaths in 2012, when six workers were killed.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com