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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal regulators say failings in roof support and training were factors in the death of a miner at a CONSOL Energy mine near the West Virginia-Pennsylvania line.

A report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration says additional support wasn't installed before William Mock and Doug Ice Jr. began removing the roof's primary support in a section of CONSOL's Blacksville No. 2 mine.

Mock died after a rock weighing more than 2 tons fell on him as he was cutting a roof bolt on Sept. 13, 2012.

The report says CONSOL failed to provide training about safe procedures for removing permanent roof support. Also, roof conditions weren't examined before the support was removed.

CONSOL was cited for several violations. MSHA says the company has taken corrective measures.

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