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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration says a southern West Virginia coal mine has been designated as a pattern violator.

MSHA chief Joe Main says Coal River Mining’s Fork Creek No. 1 mine in Lincoln County failed to report worker injuries.

An MSHA audit also found 158 significant and substantial violations at the mine in the 12-month period ending Aug. 31. That includes 21 ventilation violations, 21 for explosion hazards and 14 for failing to properly support underground roof and rib structures that protect miners.

When a mine is put on the pattern of violations list, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny. It puts more responsibility on the operator to identify and correct safety problems.

It’s the fourth mine added to the POV list.

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