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Coal Miner Deaths Nearly Doubled in 2017

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 01:22 PM

Fifteen coal miners died while working in the United States last year, nearly double the number from 2016.

Thurman A. Watts, a miner in West Virginia, died shortly after midnight Friday when a bulldozer he was driving went over a wall, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported. 

His death was the 15th nationwide in 2017, a total that included eight fatalities in West Virginia.

In 2016, eight coal miners died in mines across the country, which included three deaths in West Virginia. The eight deaths were the lowest ever recorded in one year.

"It's heartbreaking when we hear that one of our coal miners has lost their life while on the job," West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. "Please join us in praying for the family, friends, and co-workers of Thurman A. Watts and all of our hard working and dedicated coal miners in West Virginia."

President Donald Trump spent a lot of time wooing coal miners before the 2016 election, which earned him a strong base of support among this demographic. One recent report, however, indicated that the Trump administration is considering abandoning regulations that help protect miners against black lung and cancer — which one advocate called a "very bad signal."

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