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Worker Killed in Kentucky Mining Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

One worker was killed in a mining accident that happened in eastern Kentucky on Friday.

Details about the Fatal Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a coal miner from eastern Kentucky was killed in an accident that happened at a mine in Harlan County, according to Kentucky State Officials.

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

According to the United States Department of Labor, the number of wrongful deaths in mining accidents has decreased since 2012:

  • 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.


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