15 COAL MINER DEATHS IN 2017

The coal mining industry saw 15 worker deaths last year, nearly double the number from 2016 and the highest in three years, federal records show.

The 2016 total, eight, was the lowest since Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) records began.

The 15th death came early Friday morning at a Revelation Energy mine in Fayette County in southern West Virginia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported.

Thurman Watts died when a piece of machinery he was operating went over a high wall.

West Virginia saw the bulk of the 2017 miner deaths, with eight.

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