DEANE, Ky. (AP) - Federal regulators declared an eastern
Kentucky mine a repeat violator for failing to report injuries or
underreporting lost work time.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday issued the
notice to Vision Coal's Mine No. 2 in Letcher County.
The designation allows MSHA to shut down and evacuate any
section of a mine when a serious violation is found. Normally, a
mine operator is given time to fix the problem without disrupting
The agency said in a statement that audits found that 19 out of
39 mines either failed to report injuries or underreported lost
time from reported injuries. Four of the 19 met the criteria for
the repeat violator designation, but the Letcher County mine was
the only of the four that wasn't already on the list.
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