Mine Incident: Miner Crushed

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A coal miner remains in stable condition after being crushed below the waist on Monday at a Consol Energy Inc. mine in Greene County, PA.

The unidentified 35-year-old man suffered a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding, but earlier reports that he had other injuries were incorrect, said Susan Bealko, safety director at GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance, the contractor that employed the man.

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The accident happened at 3:30 a.m. in the Bailey Mine Complex near a portal in Richhill, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). An empty platform for rock dust slipped off its supply car, crushing the miner, department spokesman John Poister said.

Medics flew him to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. The miner arrived at 6:04 a.m. and went into surgery to stop the bleeding, Poister said.

DEP and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are working with Consol Energy and GMS Mine Repair to investigate, officials said.

Cecil, PA-based Consol did not have to stop operations because the accident happened in an idle part of the mine, said spokeswoman Lynn Seay.

The victim was on a five-man crew of three GMS workers and two Consol employees, Poister said.

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