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