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Federal regulators said coal companies should provide hazard training to people working on coal slurry impoundments in the wake of a West Virginia man's death.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration typically issues best-practices advisories after a fatality. This one tells companies to train workers to watch for surface cracks and bubbling in the slurry that could indicate problems.

MSHA said workers should be removed when conditions are unsafe.

Markel Koon, 58 of Shinnston, died Nov. 30 when an embankment collapsed at Consol Energy's Robinson Run mine impoundment near Lumberport.

Koon and his bulldozer went into the muck. He was removed last week.

It was the 19th coal industry death this year, but the first involving a slurry pond.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation. 

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