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UTAH COAL COMPANIES DIG A RECORD 24.8 MILLION TONS

Coal companies dug a record 24.8 million tons of coal in 1994, exceeding the 1993 total by 2.5 million tons, according to the State Industrial Commission.

For every 270,000 tons of coal dug in 1994 there was a lost-time injury, a much better record than the rate of one injury for every 25,000 tons of coal produced 40 years ago. Industrial Commissioner Thomas Carlson said the two coal miner fatalities marred the record coal tonnage of 1994.