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Coal Mining Union Asks U.S. to Issue Health Standards for Virus

March 26, 2020, 4:45 PM

The United Mine Workers of America says industry needs national health standards to protect miners from growing coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coal miners are “one of the most vulnerable populations for the virus,” UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts writes in letter to Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Letter requests MSHA to issue national emergency standards for mine operators to help protect miners from infection
    • Miners work in close quarters, often have underlying respiratory conditions, putting them at unique risk from virus, union says
  • Some mine operators already taking precautions, but not all; Union seeking standardized, mandatory safety procedures
  • “Each mine is doing ...