Falling Rock Kills Coal Miner

Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 03:09 PM gHale

A coal miner struck by a rock died Thursday of injuries suffered at Consol Energy’s Blacksville No. 2 mine, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) said.

The miner, William Edward Mock, 61, died after the rock fell from the roof in the outly track area at 3:50 p.m., according to MSHA’s Jesse Lawder. An inspector is on site and a closure order issued.

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“Initial indications are that he was struck by a rock along the track haulage,” Pittsburgh-based Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay said.

Seay said they transported the worker to an area hospital where he died. The mine is in Greene County, PA, and stretches into Monongalia County.

Seay said the company notified state and federal authorities and will cooperate in the investigation.

The mine is a large longwall operation that employs about 585 workers. Last year, it produced 4.3 million tons of coal.

In April, MSHA issued the imminent danger order at Blacksville No. 2 after an electrician was caught standing on the elevated forks of a forklift at the processing plant.

Consol said the electrician did not suffer an injury and the order terminated minutes after it went out.

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