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Two Workers Dead in West Virginia Coal Mine Accident

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Two workers were trapped and killed in a West Virginia coal mine after a ground failure occurred late Monday night, according to a new report from USA Today.

Details of the West Virginia Coal Mine Accident

  • At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday night a ground failure occurred at the Brody Mine #1 in Boone County, W. Va, trapping two workers. Authorities have confirmed that both workers died in the accident.
  • One of the victims was identified by family members as Eric Legg. The identity of the other worker has not been released.

Past Violations

The mine is owned by St. Louis-based Patriot Coal. According to Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the mine has been a repeat “pattern” violator of federal health and safety regulations over the past year.

Citations against the mine included methane hazards, emergency preparedness, escape-way hazards and roof hazards. A letter sent to the mine stated that MSHA had designated the citations as a “Pattern of Violations” and claimed “repeated violations of mandatory health or safety standards at the mine that could significantly and substantially contribute to the cause and effect of safety of health hazards…”

Patriot Coal intended to contest the violations.

Coal Mine Injury Facts

According to MSHA injury reports, in 2013 there were a total of 1,728 coal mine accidents which resulted in 1,168 injuries, including nine fatalities. All nine of the fatal coal mine injuries happened in underground mines. 

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