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1875

A bill providing for better ventilation in the mines had been first introduced in legislature

Other events that happened on or around 1875

1883

The first mine safety laws in West Virginia were enacted

Other events that happened on or around 1883

1887

State laws were strengthened following the Mountain Brook mine disaster that claims 39 lives

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

1919

Legislature provided for the establishment of mine rescue station to train personnel in rescue and first-aid work

Other events that happened on or around 1919

1929

The Department of Mines had 25 inspectors and three inspectors at large

Other events that happened on or around 1929

1985

The Department of Mines was merged into a new West Virginia Department of Energy

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1991

The Department of Mines was renamed the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training

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2004

The Department of Mines had 110 employees, including 74 inspectors

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