Miner killed by falling beam in Kentucky coal mine
HOLMES MILL, Ky. — A coal miner hit by a falling steel beam has been killed on the job, the fourth mining-related fatality of the year in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Enforcement says the miner died Wednesday at Lone Mountain Processing’s Clover Fork Mine No. 1 at Holmes Mill in the southeastern part of the state.
Harlan County coroner Philip Bianchi says the victim was 42-year-old Jim Carmack of Barbourville.
Dick Brown, a spokesman for the state office, says coal dislodged from the mine wall and bumped a support holding up the beam.
State and federal investigators are looking into it.
Twenty-nine miners died in an explosion April 5 at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.