Pennsylvania coal mines will have to install defibrillators

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – 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 Thursday the requirement will be published Friday and take effect 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 created 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 nation’s fourth-largest coal-mining state.


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