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Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance is hosting the KEMI Mine Safety and Training Competition in Pikeville, Ky., this week and more than 50 mine rescue teams from eight states are expected to compete.

Over 500 coal miners from Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are registered to attend and compete in categories which include Pre-Shift, Bench, First- Aid, and Mine Rescue.

Additionally, more than 200 officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (OMSL) will serve as judges for the three-day safety training event.

The event is offered free of charge for all coal companies and will take place between July 12 and July 14, at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville.

In its fifth year, the KEMI Mine Safety and Training Competition has grown to be the largest annual mine safety event in the nation and brings a significant boost for businesses and workers in Pikeville and surrounding areas.

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