Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

April 29, 2014

Feds cite coal company for W.Va. mine fatality

CHARLESTON — Federal investigators say the operator of a Marshall County coal mine where a worker was killed didn’t ensure that safe work procedures and policies were in place.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration cited McElroy Coal Co. for the accident that killed 62-year-old Roger R. King in October 2013.

King was hit in the head by a roller and hook that was being used to pull a conveyor chain across a longwall face at the McElroy Mine.

The agency says management failed to ensure that workers are in a safe location when tension is applied to cables. Managers also failed to ensure that attachments are made in a safe manner when heavy loads are pulled with ropes.

The Charleston Gazette says the agency released its findings Monday.

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