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Coal Safety a Big Issue Thursday in Charleston


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - Coal safety is a major talking point Thursday at the 40th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was a keynote speaker on the issue.


Tomblin says safety talks that he ordered for more than 500 West Virginia coal operations after a string of deaths are complete.

Tomblin ordered the one-hour talks with employees last month after four mining deaths in a period of two weeks.

Tomblin didn't provide details of the review during a six-minute speech Thursday while he addressed the symposium at the Charleston Civic Center.

The event is conducted by the West Virginia Coal Association.  

State Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says figures are still being compiled on the number of workers involved in the talks.

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