(02/17/2006)
While a Kentucky miner was killed yesterday rising the USA toll to 20 this year, two West Virginia coal mines where 14 men died this year have received seven more safety violations in recent weeks.

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration issued three citations for Upshur County's Sago Mine, where 12 workers died.

Two of the citations allege that owner International Coal Group failed to comply with requirements for testing and maintaining electrical equipment and did not notify MSHA within 30 days of a change in the legal entity operating the mine.

MSHA inspectors issued four citations at Massey Energy's Aracoma Coal Alma Number One mine in Logan County, where two more workers died in a January 19th fire.

Those citations are for alleged violations of rules concerning ventilation and explosives used in underground mines.


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