BEAVER (AP) — The FBI is helping the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration train 75 special investigators so they can conduct more thorough investigations, use the court system effectively and evaluate evidence.
The two-week course at the mine academy in Beaver covers interview techniques, how to define knowing and willful violations, and how to process discrimination complaints.
MSHA announced the training Thursday, on the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, which killed 29 men in southern West Virginia.
So investigators know how to control accident sites, the FBI’s Evidence Response Unit will teach them about how to approach, photograph and secure evidence from a scene.
They’ll also learn how to deal with false or altered records. And federal attorneys will train them on what they need for successful prosecutions.