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1887

The first West Virginia mining law was passed and regarded as the nation's weakest

Other events that happened on or around 1887

1905

The West Virginia Department of Mines was created

Other events that happened on or around 1905

1907

A substantial revision of West Virginia's mine safety laws was passed

Dec 06, 1907

Worst U.S. mine disaster killed 361 miners in Fairmont Coal Company's interconnected Nos. 6 and 8 at Monongah

1908

West Virginia legislature rejected every mine safety law proposed

Other events that happened on or around 1908

1915

Legislation called for provision for preventing underground mine fires and requiring foremen and fire bosses to pass state examination and receive state certification

Other events that happened on or around 1915

Nov 20, 1968

Gas and dust explosion occurred in Consolidation Coal Company's No. 9 mine at Farmington killing 78 miners

Dec 30, 1969

The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was signed into law by Nixon

2005

Only three mine fatalities occurred in West Virginia, the lowest number in history

Other events that happened on or around 2005

Jan 02, 2006

Explosion at the Sago Mine killed 12 miners

Other events that happened on or around January 02, 2006


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