Another miner killed in West Virgina

The West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training just reported that a coal miner was killed this morning at CONSOL Energy’s Loveridge Mine near Fairview in Marion County.

According to agency spokesman Hoy Murphy:

It appears the miner was caught in a rib roll, which I’m told is when a block of left-over coal comes loose from the wall or ceiling. A preliminary report indicates he was a roof bolter who was working on the roof bolting machine when the rib roll pinned him against the miner machinery. The rib roll is estimated to have been four feet wide by 13 feet long and 6 to 24 inches thick along the length. His identification is not being released until his family can be notified. A Miners Health, Safety &Training inspector is at the mine this afternoon.

That makes 42 coal-mining deaths nationwide and 33 in West Virginia.


CONSOL Energy issued the following statement –

Jessie Adkins, 39, from Belington, W.Va., was fatally injured today around noon while working at CONSOL Energy’s Loveridge Mine, near Fairview, W.Va.

Mr. Adkins, a miner operator, working as a bolter, with seven years of mining experience, three of those at Loveridge Mine, was injured when coal and other materials from a section of the side of the mine entry, called the mine rib, collapsed and pinned him against a nearby continuous mining machine. No other miners were injured.

Continuous mining machines are used in underground coal mining to drive tunnels, known in the industry as entries, into the coal reserve for ventilation, movement of miners, equipment and supplies; transportation of mined coal or for development of longwall mining sections.

Federal, state and company officials are at Loveridge Mine to investigate the accident, and will issue a final report at a later date.

Mr. Adkins was taken to Fairmont General Hospital following the accident, and was pronounced dead at that facility. He leaves behind a wife, Melissa, and two teenage children.


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