The Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety is directed to study
the safety of working or traveling in bleeder or gob areas of a
longwall panel or pillar section of a mine where only one
travelable entry in and out of the area exists. The study shall
consider what additional roof control or other measures, if any,
should be implemented to ensure that underground miners who work or
travel in bleeder or gob areas of a longwall panel or pillar
section having only one travelable entry in and out of the areas
are at least as safe as miners working in comparable areas with
multiple travelable entries in and out of the areas. By December
31, 2012, the board shall report to the Legislature's Joint
Committee on Government and Finance with recommendations regarding
implementation of the findings of this study.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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