West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training spokesperson Leslie Fitzwater told ILN on Wednesday that the average monthly payroll for the agency is $500,000.
No overtime was paid to staff between January 1 and April 4.
“Since April 5 and through [September 28], the WVOMHST has paid 5067 hours of overtime for a total of $197,200.02,” she said.
“All overtime to date can be attributed either directly or indirectly to UBB.”
Agency director Ron Wooten told the Associated Press earlier this week that some of its workforce has been working with the state’s investigation of the explosion, which is being performed in conjunction with the US Mine Safety and Health Administration. Some have been inspecting mines for colleagues involved in the probe.
Wooten confirmed for the news service at the same time that the WVOMHST is hoping to wrap up its investigation by the middle of next year.
He noted that the date is just a goal – he has told state investigators to take as long as needed to complete their work.
Neither Wooten nor Fitzwater confirmed to ILN Wednesday how many of its staff are focused on the UBB review.