CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A security company has been told to include mandatory check-ins for its guards after a supervisor drowned at a Kanawha County coal loading dock.
The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training announced the order Thursday to Allied Barton Security during a meeting before the state Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1kZ1NTH) reports mine safety office director Eugene White says coal industry security guards often sit "somewhere in the mountains by themselves for hours."
According to a report released at the hearing, the body of 58-year-old Tommy E. Reynolds of Powellton was found in a sediment control pond April 18 at Law River Co. LLC's dock facility near Hansford.
White says about two dozen mine security firms employ 1,800 people in West Virginia.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com