MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The director of mining and industrial extension at West Virginia University is being recognized for his commitment to coal mining safety.
The Morgantown school says James Dean received the "Because of You" Safety Professional Award this week at the 2013 Spirit of the Coalfields Miners' Celebration in Beckley.
Following the Sago and Aracoma disasters, Dean served as acting director of the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training at the request of then-Gov. Joe Manchin.
During his time at WVU, Dean has worked to develop a mobile training gallery and a simulated underground mine for emergency response training.
He serves on the West Virginia Mine Safety Technology Task Force and also is serving on a national committee to study how to equip miners to escape during a disaster.