Pa. coal mines must install defibrillators
HARRISBURG — Coal mine owners in Pennsylvania will have three months to install automated external defibrillators on the surface near mine entrances and underground in each working mine section.
The Department of Environmental Protection said on Thursday that the requirement will take effect on March 8.
It was written by the Board of Coal Mine Safety, which includes representatives from the United Mine Workers of America and mine owners.
The equipment is used to restore a stable heart rhythm in the event of a heart attack.
The board was established in 2008 as part of the first comprehensive update to Pennsylvania's mine safety law in nearly half a century.
It was designed to keep mine safety regulations current without needing lawmakers' approval.
Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest coal-mining state.
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