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After guard's death, firm told to require check-in

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

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 ( 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,



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