FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has passed legislation that
would require coal companies to post their GPS coordinates at mine
sites so that medical helicopters can be given precise directions
in cases of emergency.
The measure follows a major mine safety bill that was passed by
the General Assembly last year. Provisions of that bill include a
requirement that coal companies to keep two medics on duty during
working hours and a requirement that transport vehicles be kept
near miners so that they can be taken to the surface quickly if
injured on the job.
Lawmakers have put a high priority on mine safety bills after a
series of accidents killed 16 miners in the state in 2006.
The measure passed by a 37-9 vote on Tuesday.
The legislation is Senate Bill 213.
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