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Coal mine operators
Coal mine operators who engage in coal mine construction, maintenance and coal transportation may be required to carry coverage

Coal mine operators and certain other employers engaged in coal mine construction, maintenance and coal transportation may be required to carry coverage to comply with the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Coal Mine Operators' coverage is also called Black Lung coverage.

This coverage is in addition to the employer's regular Ohio workers’ comp insurance. Black Lung coverage is available through BWC, private insurance carriers or the employer may self-insure if the U.S. Department of Labor authorizes it.

To apply for Coal Mine Operators' (Black Lung) coverage through BWC, complete the (U-129) Application for Additional Coverage to Meet Standards of Federal Black Lung Law form by first requesting it by email: bwcotherstatescoverage@bwc.state.oh.us  or by calling 614-728-0535.

For those having Black Lung coverage, reportable wages are not subject to minimum and maximum payroll reporting requirements.

If you have questions about Black Lung claims contact the:

  • BWC claims team at 614-466-6919, or
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Ohio Black Lung Division, at 800-347-3771