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West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training

Mission Statement

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety & Training is responsible for the supervision of the execution and enforcement of the provisions of the state's mining laws and rules. Prime consideration is given to the protection of the safety and health of persons employed within or at the mines of the state. In addition, the agency protects and preserves mining property and property used in connection with mining activities.

The agency pursues this mandate by impartially executing and enforcing the state's mining laws and administrative rules in a co-operative spirit through a comprehensive approach that includes not only inspection, enforcement, and investigative activities, but also, and perhaps more importantly, by aggressively conducting timely and functional training activities focused on all segments of the mining industry. 

These duties include regular inspections of all mining related sites and the certification/training of mine employees. All serious mining accidents are investigated and statistics are maintained with regard to health and safety related concerns. Currently the office has 140 employees.

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 Date this page was last updated:  04/11/2012