The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $91,571 to the Utah Industrial Commission to help fund the state's mine safety and health programs, spokesman David O'Neal said.

The federal funds are to be used to teach miners to recognize and avoid hazards, to develop new safety training materials and to conduct special safety and health programs, O'Neal said."Today's complex, mechanized mining environment demands a more knowledgeable, better-trained miner than ever before," he said.

"State governments are the most appropriate source for assessing the safety, health and training needs of local mining communities and effectively allocating resources to meet those needs."

The federal grants are based on the number of mines in each state, he said. Utah has 249 operating mines.