Worker Killed in Kentucky Mining Accident
One worker was killed in a mining accident that happened in eastern Kentucky on Friday.
Details about the Fatal Accident
The Energy and Environment Cabinet released a statement saying that 48-year-old Mark Frazier, of Line Fork, died on Friday after he was hit by falling material at Huff Creek Number 1 mine in Holmes Mill. The press release further stated that Frazier, who had at least 14 years of mining experience, was performing maintenance work at the site, which was not in production at the time of the accident.
The mine is currently being operated by Lone Mountain Processing Incorporated, which is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Arch Coal Incorporated.
State mine and safety officials have been sent to the scene of the accident to investigate the circumstances of the worker fatality.
Important Information about Mining Accidents
- In 2012, there were a total of 20 fatalities in the mining industry.
- In 2015, the number of mining fatalities dropped to 11.
- So far, in 2016, there have been a total of four fatalities since the beginning of the year.