Unsafe Procedure Led to Miner’s Death

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 01:07 PM gHale


A Patriot Coal subsidiary has been cited by state regulators for a roof fall that killed a miner in Boone County, WV.

A report by the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training found the company used an unsafe procedure to install wall-control bolts at Newton Energy’s Peerless Rachel Mine near Racine.

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The report said it was common for workers installing bolts at the mine to walk under unsupported roof.

Asa Fitzpatrick, 63, of Kermit, WV, died March 13 when a rock fell on him as he prepared to install wall-control bolts.

The state agency released the report Tuesday during a meeting of the West Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety in Sutton.

Patriot Coal officials declined to comment on the report.



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