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Gov. Tomblin Calls for Safety Stand-down at Mines
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 20, 2013 @ 7:26PM
Created on February 20, 2013 @ 2:22PM
So far in 2013, four people have been killed in mining-related accidents in West Virginia. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hopes an executive order he signed Wednesday afternoon for a mine safety stand-down will help ensure the safety of our miners.
Under this order coal operators will stop production for at least one hour by Thursday evening to hold safety talks with employees following the state's fourth coal mining fatality in two weeks.
The State Mine Safety Office will also be sending inspectors to the various operations.
According to the Associated Press, the move comes after 44-year-old John Myles of Hilltop was struck by a scoop Tuesday night and died of his injuries. The death at Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity mine near Sophia was its second this month.
Federal records show that mine has been cited for safety violations 65 times since January.
The company says it's concerned, but the two deaths appear unrelated. State and federal investigations are under way.
Six miners have died in the past two-and-a-half months.
Both the West Virginia Coal Association and United Mine Workers Union say they support Tomblin's decision. 

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