Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 13, 2012

Va. mining accidents: 3 injured in 14-hour period

OAKWOOD, Va. — Three coal mine workers suffered injuries on the job at two different coal mines over a 14-hour period from Wednesday night through Thursday morning, according to a spokesman for the Virginia Division of Mines Minerals and Energy.

Two coal miners were injured at about 9 p.m., Wednesday night at Consol’s Buchanan No. 1 Mine and a contract employee was injured at about 10:30 a.m., on Thursday morning at the Dominion No. 7 Mine. Both mines are located in the general vicinity of Oakwood, Va., according to Mike Abbott, DMME spokesman.

“The contract employee working was injured on Thursday was riding on a tram when his hooded jacket became caught on a roof bolt,” Abbott said. “His clothing came up on him and caused the zipper on his coat to cut him on the neck. The gash he received required a few stitches in his neck. At 1:25 p.m. (Thursday) he was about to be released.”

In the earlier incident on Wednesday night, two coal miners were working on a damaged high-pressure water line in the Buchanan No. 1 Mine, when the valve that was under pressure blew off and broke into pieces.

“One of the pieces struck a miner in the head,” Abbott said. “He was transported from the mine to Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va., where he was later transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center. The weather conditions prevented emergency responders from using a helicopter to transport the victim.”

Abbott said the other victim was transported to Clinch Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released. He did not release the names of any of the victims.

“The DMME and the Mine Safety and Health Administration responded to both incidents,” Abbott said. State and federal mine inspectors were still investigating both sites Thursday afternoon.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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