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Vol. 75/No. 31      September 5, 2011

West Virginia coal miner is
killed in 13th US mine death
Charles Hall, a miner at Arch Coal’s Mountaineer II Mine near Sharples, W. Va., was killed in a rock fall August 15. He was installing roof supports at the time in preparation for moving longwall machinery.

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Hall’s death is the 13th for U.S. coal miners this year and the fifth in West Virginia. Another miner died at Mountaineer II in 2007 when he fell into an air shaft. The mine received more than 300 citations for safety violations last year, MSHA reports.

So far this year MSHA has issued 245 citations and orders at Mountaineer II, including for what MSHA calls “significant and substantial” violations of safety regulations and “aggravated conduct constituting more than ordinary negligence.”

In June Arch Coal acquired International Coal Group, the company that owned the Sago Mine in West Virginia where 12 miners died in a preventable explosion in 2006.
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