Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 15, 2013

Rig worker dies in in accident at W.Va. prep plant


Associated Press

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mine regulators say they're working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to decide who has jurisdiction over a fatal accident involving a gas-drilling rig at a coal mine prep plant.

Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Jesse Lawder says an unidentified worker died Monday night when the rig overturned and crushed him at CONSOL Energy's Loveridge Mine preparation plant in Fairview.

Lawder says the rig was doing exploratory work on Marcellus shale gas deposits, drilling 30-foot holds and setting off small explosives for seismic testing.

Pennsylvania-based CONSOL didn't immediately comment Tuesday. The victim worked for one of its outside contractors. That company wasn't immediately identified.