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Worker, 43, Killed in Mining Accident


According to the WV Metro News, a mine worker was killed on the job after a fatal fall in Bishop, West Virginia, on Monday night.

About the Deadly Workplace Accident

The workplace death occurred at around 10 p.m. local time at the J.C. Jim Justice II Preparation Plant in the community of Squire. Jason Kenneth Matthews, 43, was making repairs inside the plant when he fell onto a belt line.

WV Metro News reports that Matthews, a plant floor man at the facility, fell about 20 feet into a coal bin. The exact cause of the fatal fall is currently unknown. The accident is being investigated by Southern Coal and other mining agencies.

Deputies initially responded to a report of a worker who sustained a serious injury. WV Metro News reports that they were advised that Matthews had passed away on their way to the accident scene. The plant is owned by a division of the Southern Coal Corporation, which is owned by West Virginia’s governor Jim Justice.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • 4,379 of the recorded fatalities occurred in private industry and 937 were linked to construction.
  • Among the leading causes of death at construction sites were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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