Concerns about West Virginia’s House Bill 2875 are rising due to changes in safety protocols and reductions in the length of apprenticeships. “United Mine Worker’s Association President Cecil E. Roberts voiced concerns over numerous other aspects of the bill in a Feb. 11 press release, including provisions to:
- No longer permit a miner representative to accompany an inspector during his or her inspection.
- Alter requirements for ventilation of mines and ventilation plans. The bill would allow a mine operator to obtain an approved ventilation plan from the Mine Safety and Health Administration rather than submitting his or her own detailed plan for review.
- Reduce to 45 from 120 the amount of days apprentice miners must work under the supervision of experienced miners upon beginning work” (Safety and Health Magazine, 2019).
Below is the link to West Virginia H.B. 2875