Mine Proximity Detectors May Be Added to W.Va. Mines

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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 proximity 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 Associated Press he won't comment on pending litigation. A mine office spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

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