Mingo County man dies in coal mine accident

August 15, 2011 · One man is dead after a mining accident in Logan County. The accident happened early Monday morning.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training confirms a fatality at the Mingo Logan Coal Company Mountaineer #2 mine in Logan County. Leslie Fitzwater, spokesperson for the state office, says 46-year-old Charles M. Hall of Williamson died after a roof fall.

“We do know that he died as a result of being hit by rocks that had fallen from the roof of the mine,” Fitzwater said.

Fitzwater says Hall had almost six years experience as a miner. Most of that time was spent at this Arch Coal Incorporated owned mine.

Fitzwater says Hall worked as a move crewmen.

“As the mining progresses as the equipment moves, as they change sites that sort of thing,” she said, “he would be that would facilitate that move.”

The Federal Office of the Mine Safety and Health Administration says Hall was assisting in a longwall equipment move. The office says he was installing roof supports when he was struck by falling rock.

Federal and state mine safety officials are investigating. This is the fifth fatality in the state of West Virginia so far this year.



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